St. James United

St. James United Church, Upper Musquodoboit, Nova Scotia, Canada
St. James United Church, Upper Musquodoboit, Nova Scotia, Canada

St. James United is a rural church just northeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Originally called James church, it was dedicated in 1888 as St. James Presbyterian.  Later it became part of the United Church of Canada.

St. Peter’s Presbyterian

St. Peter's Presbyterian Church, Neils Harbour, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
St. Peter’s Presbyterian Church, Neils Harbour, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada

Neil’s Harbour is a small fishing village in northern Cape Breton Island, Canada.  Although one of two churches in town, St. Peter’s Presbyterian is no longer in use (closed July 2016).

 

Zion Evangelical Lutheran

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada

Although Zion Evangelical Lutheran’s church shown here was built in 1890, the congregation is the oldest Lutheran group in Canada.  The Lutherans who settled in this part of Nova Scotia started holding services outdoors in 1753, then held services in the town’s Anglican church and eventually built their first building in 1772.  That church lasted until 1841 and then later was replaced again by this Victorian Gothic building.  It’s included on the Canadian Register of Historic Places.

East Ferry Baptist

East Ferry Baptist Church, Digby Neck, Nova Scotia, Canada
East Ferry Baptist Church, Digby Neck, Nova Scotia, Canada

East Ferry Baptist is located in Nova Scotia, Canada close to a popular whale watching area.  Although the building looked in great shape when I photographed here, it seems services are no longer held.  Based on the age of other Digby Neck churches, it may date to the 19th century, but I haven’t been able to confirm that yet.

Campobello Island

Wilson's Beach United Baptist Church, Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada
Wilson’s Beach United Baptist Church, Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada

Just over the northeast Maine border is Canada’s Campobello Island.  A bridge was added in the 1960s, so it’s now an easy place to make a day trip to an island less than 10 miles long.  The biggest draw on the island is the International Park (owned jointly by the U.S. and Canada) which features Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s family house which was used most summers for more than 50 years.  There are also a handful of churches still on the island.  Wilson’s Beach United baptist Church was formed in 1867, though I’m not sure if this is their first building from that era.  St. Anne’s Anglican Church is where the Roosevelts would attend a service while on the island.  It was built in 1855.

St. Anne's Anglican Church, Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada
St. Anne’s Anglican Church, Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada

 

And the last church visited was named New Trinity Catholic Church.

New Trinity Roman Catholic Church, Campobello Island, New Brunsw

 

 

St. Kateri Holy Trinity Catholic

Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, Whycocomagh, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, Whycocomagh, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada

I happened by this church on the edge of Bras d’Or Lake on Cape Breton Island, Canada.  Nothing so far on the history of the church, but the name St. Kateri comes from the first Native American woman patronized as a saint by the Catholic Church.  She was a Mohawk who converted at age 19, only 5 years before her death in 1680.  There’s a nearby Mi’kmaq reserve in the area and the church serves that community.

St. Barnabas Anglican

St. Barnabas Anglican Church and Cemetery, Ecum Secum,  Nova Scotia
St. Barnabas Anglican Church and Cemetery, Ecum Secum, Nova Scotia

St. Barnabas Anglican Church opened in 1887 and consecrated in 1889.  The surrounding cemetery is a bit older.  The Nova Scotia church is located in Ecum Secum, a strange name that nobody seems to know how it was derived.  The style of the church is Gothic Revival with a bell tower and steeple.