Worth’s Chapel

Church, City, State, County
Worth’s Chapel, Creston United Methodist Church, Ashe County, North Carolina

Built in 1902, Worth’s Chapel is primarily a Gothic style church with some Romanesque influences and includes arched windows and a tall corner tower with four turrets (photo below).  It’s thought the church was established in 1852 when the original chapel was located across the road from the newer building.   A few wealthy businessmen started the church as a community, non-denominational group.  The community largely was erased after a major flood in 1940 and only a handful of the village’s old buildings remain, including this church.   It’s now known as Creston United Methodist Church and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Church, City, State, County
Worth’s Chapel, exterior detail

St. Paul’s Reformed

Church, City, State, County
St. Paul’s Reformed Church, Startown, North Carolina, Catawba County

St. Paul’s Reformed Church was built in 1904 and is in Newton, North Carolina.  The Gothic Revival style includes a bell tower with an open belfry and a pyramidal roof.  German settlers to the area traveling from Pennsylvania brought the “Reformed” faith and started a congregation in the late 1700s which would evolve into St. Paul’s.  The church is maintained but no longer in use as the congregation built a new brick building across the street in 1975 due to a growing membership.  The older building is included on the National Register of Historic Places.


Church, City, State, County
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Startown, North Carolina (built 1975)


Pensacola Churches

Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel, Pensacola, Florida
Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel, Pensacola, Florida

In downtown Pensacola, Florida there are several historic churches.  Pensacola was founded a few years before St. Augustine, but was destroyed by a hurricane soon after and it took nearly a century before it was reestablished.  St. Michael’s Catholic Church has a personal connection in that my parents were married there.  The Parish was established in 1781 but early records were lost due to the fires and hurricanes over the years.  The Gothic Revival style church was dedicated in 1886.  In 2011 it was elevated to Basilica status due to its historic significance.  A related St. Michael’s cemetery is nearby which dates back to 1781 where the Spaniards settling the area were buried.  It was the only cemetery in the city until 1876.

St. Michael's Cemetery, Pensacola, Florida
St. Michael’s Cemetery, Pensacola, Florida

Christ Church, Pensacola, Florida

Christ Church, Pensacola, Florida

Pensacola’s Old Christ Church was built in 1832 and one of the oldest church buildings in Florida.  The Norman-Gothic building was occupied by federal troops during the Civil War and has been an Episcopal church, a library and a museum over the years.  It was renovated in 1999 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Christ Episcopal Church, Pensacola, Florida
Christ Episcopal Church, Pensacola, Florida

When the area where Old Christ Church deteriorated into a slum in the early 1900s, Christ Church moved to North Hill and built a new church (above).  It was completed in 1903 at a cost of $25,000.

Dinwiddie Presbyterian

Church, City, State, County
Dinwiddie Presbyterian Church, Hillsville, Virginia

Dinwiddie Presbyterian is another rural church in western Virginia (Carroll County).  The stone building is relatively young, having been built in 1948.  It was one of the last of the six stone churches built by a Presbyterian minister named Robert Childress.  The church was organized in 1897 and is included on the National Register of Historic Places.  At the same location, there’s an associated cemetery also bordered by the same type of fieldstone.

Target Methodist

Target United Methodist Church, Holly Hill, South Carolina (Orangeburg County)
Target United Methodist Church, Holly Hill, South Carolina (Orangeburg County)

Target Methodist is in Orangeburg County, South Carolina.  The historical marker outside of the church and cemetery reads-

This church, founded about 1800, is one of the oldest Methodist congregations in this part of the state.  It takes its name from Target Branch, a nearby tributary of Four Holes Swamp.  The name “Target” is thought to be a corruption of the “tar gates” along the edges of the swamp, where tar, turpentine, and timber were harvested.  It held its first services in a brush arbor, with a sycamore stump for a pulpit.  It was one of several congregations long served by circuit riders, on the Cypress Circuit 1810-1855, then on the Providence Circuit 1855-1916.  It’s first permanent church, a log building, was rebuilt as a frame sanctuary in 1830.  A second frame church built in 1873 was replaced by the present sanctuary in 1920.  The cemetery here includes graves dating as early as 1820.”

St. Paul’s Episcopal

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Pendleton, South Carolina
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Pendleton, South Carolina

On the way to Clemson, South Carolina for a recent football game, I made a short detour into Pendleton, South Carolina to get a couple of photos of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.  It was built in 1822 to serve families locating from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and some other areas.  Pendleton was a trading center between the coastal areas of South Carolina and the Cherokee Trading Path and was also known for fine cabinet and carriage makers and for ironwork.  A cemetery surrounds the church and includes Civil War veterans and Thomas Clemson, a philanthropist from Philadelphia who donated the land and money to establish an agricultural college that was later renamed in his honor.


The Tourist Church

Seabreeze United Church of Christ, Daytona Beach, Florida

Known as the Tourist Church, Seabreeze United Church of Christ is in Daytona Beach, Florida and was built in 1929.  It’s a Mission Revival architectural style made of stone and is included on the National Register of Historic Places.  This church replaced a smaller wooden church built in 1905 as the First Congregational Church of Seabreeze (the original name) grew.  Many of the attendees were winter tourists visiting Florida which led to the name most still use today.  In 1964 it became affiliated with the UCC and changed its name.

Old St. Paul’s

Old St. Paul's Episcopal Church (San Marco Preservation Hall), Jacksonville, Florida
Old St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (San Marco Preservation Hall), Jacksonville, Florida

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church was located a few miles away when it was built in 1888 in Jacksonville, Florida.  In 1977, it was donated to a city museum and moved by river barge to its current Fletcher Park location in the San Marco area of the city.  The interior features dark pine beaded board and the building was last renovated in 1994.  It’s now used regularly for weddings and other events.

St. Cyprian’s Episcopal

St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church, Darien, Georgia
St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, Darien, Georgia

The last of the Darien, Georgia churches is St. Cyprian’s Episcopal.  It was another church founded by former slaves, this time in the coastal area of southern Georgia.  It’s also fairly unique in that it was largely built of tabby  (see Woodbine Episcopal) when completed in 1876.  It’s affiliated with Darien’s St. Andrew’s Episcopal.

Notre Dame de Paris

Notre Dame de Paris or Notre Dame, Paris, France
Notre Dame, Paris, France

I was planning on adding Notre Dame to the blog this week, and then the sad events of this afternoon occurred.  Notre Dame (“Our Lady) is in the center of Paris, France and is nearly 900 years old.  When I was in the city, I took a few hundred photos from as many areas as I could and left without a doubt of why it’s one of the most visited churches in the world.  Despite the destruction from today’s fire, the church fared better than I would have expected and hopefully will be restored over time.  The Roman Catholic Cathedral has survived destructive events in the past, including desecration by atheists during the French Revolution and World Wars, so there’s reason to be optimistic.  There’s also a lot of history about this church online, so I’ll just add a couple more links if you want to read more.