Established in 1872, Harper’s Chapel is in Happy Valley, near Patterson, North Carolina. The name comes from a former congressman who donated the land for the church and cemetery.
In the rural northwest corner of North Carolina, near Todd, is St. Matthew’s Chapel. Its history started when a pastor and some others located to this area to avoid a malaria outbreak and they established a local church in the mid-19th century. The exact age of the bulding here isn’t clear, but it’s believed to be over a century old. A preservation effort over the last few years has resulted in repairs and new paint and the church is available now for community events.
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.
Elk Park is a small town (population <500) in Avery County, North Carolina. I saw this church when driving through and took a couple of photos. The church is currently not having services due to the pandemic and I haven’t found anything on its history either.
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.
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”.