Wadsworth Congregational Church is a Gothic Revival style church built some time around 1885. This structure replaced a log building dating from the organization of the church in 1870. The original reverend was a former runaway slave who had fled to Canada and later lived in Massachusetts until after the Civil War when he returned home to North Carolina. The history of the church was chronicled for the National Register of Historic Places’ application. The church is located in Whitsett, North Carolina, in a field behind a newer church building built in 1977.
Coddle Creek Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church is believed to have been organized by 1755. Settlers to this area of North Carolina (north of Charlotte) included Presbyterians from Scotland as well as Associate Presbyterians and Reformed Presbyterians. The first church used was a log building that was replaced in 1839. It was later destroyed by fire and this current church was dedicated in 1884. A cemetery with graves at least to the mid-19th century is behind the building and a detailed history of the church is included on their website.
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.
Valley Chapel Free Will Baptist Church appears to be newer, but I couldn’t find the history for this one.
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”.
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.
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.