Worth’s Chapel

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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.

 

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Worth’s Chapel, exterior detail

St. Paul’s Reformed

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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.

 

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

 

Mission San Xavier del Bac

Mission San Xavier del Bac, Tucson, Arizona
Mission San Xavier del Bac, Tucson, Arizona

Mission San Xavier del Bac is a National Historic Landmark located a few miles south of Tucson, Arizona.  Although the mission was founded in 1692, the original church was destroyed by Apache Indians in about 1770.  The one above, completed in 1797, is considered one of the best examples of Spanish Colonial architecture in the U.S.  I visited early one morning and was adopted by  a pair of local dogs as I walked up to the top of Grotto Hill which overlooks the church and the O’odham Nation Indian Reservation.  Because of its long history, it’s been through both stages of neglect and restoration.  Much of the restoration work was performed in the late 20th century after it was included on the National Register of Historic Places.   The building is low-fire clay brick, stone and lime mortar.  The interior is intricate, with fine wood work and baroque decorations throughout the chapel and altar areas.  A few photos from the visit are below along with a pair from 1870 found in the Library of Congress collection.

 

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Mission San Xavier in 1870
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Mission San Xavier in 1870

 

 

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.

Holy Trinity Episcopal

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Ridgeland, South Carolina (Jasper
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Ridgeland, South Carolina (Jasper County)

Built circa 1858, the Church of the Holy Trinity is architecturally Carpenter Gothic.  It’s a small church with a bell tower near Ridgeland, South Carolina (very close to Euhaw Baptist).  The area was considered a summer resort for planters in the nineteenth century.   The interior of the church is considered noteworthy for its hammer-beam timber roof.  The church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Interior (from the National Register of Historic Places application)

Dinwiddie Presbyterian

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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.

St. Andrews Catholic

St. Andrews Roman Catholic Church, Roanoke, Virginia
St. Andrews Roman Catholic Church, Roanoke, Virginia

Due to restrictions on Roman Catholic worship in Virginia in the early days of European settlement, it took some time to establish the church in the state.  Most of the early Catholic population settled and built churches in the western part of the state, including in Roanoke.

This Gothic cathedral was built in 1902, replacing a small earlier church building.  The large stained glass windows were imported from Germany and the altar marble from Italy.  The exterior is brick and sandstone.  The last major restoration was in 2014, though it was still partially in scaffolding when I visited in December.

A good short history of this church is at their website here and some video of the exterior is on Youtube.  The church is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Wadsworth Congregational

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Wadsworth Congregational Church, Whitsett, North Carolina

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.

Snowville Christian

Snowville Christian Church, Snowville, Virginia
Snowville Christian Church, Snowville, Virginia

Only a couple of minutes from Graysontown, Snowville Christian is also near the Little River in Virginia.  The Greek Revival style church was built in 1864, replacing an earlier structure, and includes an octagonal bell tower.  The church was added to the National Register in 1987.

Graysontown Methodist

Graysontown Methodist Church, Graysontown, Virginia (Montgomery County)
Graysontown Methodist Church, Graysontown, Virginia (Montgomery County)

Graysontown Methodist is near the Little River in southern Virginia.  The wood frame church was built in 1895, features a two-stage central tower, and is included on the National Register of Historic Places.  The church closed in 1976 and was purchased by local citizens who now use it as an interdenominational church.