LaGrange Church

LaGrange Community Church, Titusville, Florida
LaGrange Community Church, Titusville, Florida

In Titusville, Florida, LaGrange Community Church was established in 1869.  This Gothic Revival church is the oldest Protestant Florida church between St. Augustine and Key West on the east coast of the state.  It was built in 1872 with two stories, the top floor used as a public meeting site and schoolhouse.  That second floor was later removed in 1893  when a separate school was built nearby, and a bay window was added to the front facade along with some other modifications.  The architecture has remained essentially unchanged since then.  It originally served a mix of Episcopalians, Methodists, Presbyterians and Baptists. Today it’s included on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Las Trampas

San Jose De Gracia Catholic Church, Las Trampas, New Mexico
San Jose De Gracia Catholic Church, Las Trampas, New Mexico

Built in 1760, San Jose De Gracia Catholic Church is along the High Road to Taos, New Mexico. The village of Las Trampas was established in 1751 by a dozen families receiving a land grant from the Spanish governor.  The adobe walls are about six feet thick and the well-maintained church is considered one of the best preserved examples of Spanish Colonial architecture in New Mexico.  The National Park Service has a good history of the location here.  It’s located about ten miles away from San Lorenzo de Picuris.

San Jose De Gracia Catholic Church, Las Trampas, New Mexico
San Jose De Gracia Catholic Church, Las Trampas, New Mexico

First Congregational

First Congregational Church, Machias, Maine
First Congregational Church, East Machias, Maine

First Congregational Church was built in 1836 in East Machias, Maine (settled 1763).  It’s a large, Gothic Revival Church with arched windows and a imposing tower.  It’s included as part of the East Machias Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places.

First Congregational Church, Machias, Maine
First Congregational Church, Machias, Maine

Lamy Church

Mission Chapel of Our Lady of Light, Lamy, New Mexico
Mission Chapel of Our Lady of Light, Lamy, New Mexico

The Mission Chapel of Our Lady of Light is the highlight of Lamy, New Mexico.  The community was active when Lamy was the closest train stop to Santa Fe fifteen miles away.  When railroad travel decreased, the town dried up.  This Roman Catholic church was built in 1926, but was deconsecrated in 1994 due to low population in the town and the structural deterioration of the church.  The good news is that there are efforts now underway to restore the building.

Mission Chapel of Our Lady of Light
Stained Glass, Mission Chapel of Our Lady of Light

San Geronimo Catholic

San Geronimo Roman Catholic Church, Taos Pueblo Heritage Site
San Geronimo Roman Catholic Church, Taos Pueblo Heritage Site

The Taos Pueblo is a World Heritage Site today and is technically still inhabited.  The pueblo has no electricity or indoor plumbing, so most of the community live just outside the 1000 year-old pueblo walls or in other locations and return for celebrations.  The first Spanish priest to the mission arrived in 1598 and a church was originally built in 1627. San Geronimo de Taos as it stands today was built in 1850.  The adobe church is the third building, having replaced those damaged in earlier conflicts.  The inside is very small and photography wasn’t permitted, so I’m including a few photos of the surrounding area instead.

St. Agnes Catholic

St. Agnes Catholic Church, Cox, South Dakota (Harding County)
St. Agnes Catholic Church, Cox, South Dakota (Harding County)

Established in 1911, this small catholic church is in a very rural area of western South Dakota and is included in the Diocese of Rapid City.  I wasn’t able to find any additional historic information online, but I did find photos from a few years ago that showed the church having a steeple in the recent past.