Basilica of St. Lawrence

Basilica of Saint Lawrence, Asheville, North Carolina
Basilica of Saint Lawrence, Asheville, North Carolina

 

 

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Black Mountain Churches

Thomas Chapel A.M.E. Church, Black Mountain, North Carolina (Buncombe County)
Thomas Chapel A.M.E. Church, Black Mountain, North Carolina (Buncombe County)

Two small churches sit across the road from each other just outside of Black Mountain, North Carolina.  Thomas Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church is a Gothic Revival design and was last rebuilt in 1922.  It’s included on the National Register of Historic Places.

Thomas Chapel A.M.E. Church, Black Mountain, North Carolina (Bun

Valley Chapel Free Will Baptist Church appears to be newer, but I couldn’t find the history for this one.

Valley Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, Black Mountain, North Carolina
Valley Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, Black Mountain, North Carolina

 

 

Pee Dee Methodist

Pee Dee United Methodist Church, Rockingham, North Carolina
Pee Dee United Methodist Church, Rockingham, North Carolina

I passed this church near the North Carolina/South Carolina border and stopped to grab a photo.  Pee Dee United Methodist Church in Rockingham, North Carolina was organized around 1900.  A church was built in 1912 but was replaced in 1942 as the congregation grew.  Some remodeling to the building has occurred over the years and the church is still maintained and used today by the remaining church membership.  And if you’re like me and wondering about the name, Pee Dee is a nearby river named from the Catawba Indian word meaning “something good”.

Cataloochee Palmer Chapel

cataloochee-palmer-methodist-chapel

Palmer Chapel Methodist Church served the Cataloochee Valley in western North Carolina prior to becoming part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  It was built in 1898.  Just north of the chapel is the Palmer Cemetery with graves scattered up a steep slope.  Grave markers here are dated in the mid 1800s through 1929.

 

 

Union United Methodist

Union United Methodist Church, Franklin County, North Carolina
Union United Methodist Church, Franklin County, North Carolina

So far I have very few photos of churches in North Carolina.  This just happened to be one I saw on the way back from the Smoky Mountains so I made a quick detour when passing through Franklin, North Carolina.  Information provided by the church is that the current (third) building was built in 1908 with the first having been built in 1852 and the second in 1875.