Balfour Lutheran

Balfour Lutheran Church, Balfour, North Dakota (McHenry County)

This old Lutheran church is now on private land and ended services several years ago.  It’s located in the quiet community of Balfour, North Dakota in the north-central part of the state.

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Little Dutch Church

Little Dutch Church, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Little Dutch Church is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia and is the second oldest building in the city.  Originally known as St. George’s Church, The church was consecrated in 1760 and is also the oldest Lutheran church in Canada.  Although built in the Cape Cod style, the building has been modified over the years to include a bell tower and steeple.  The church also has a cemetery and continues to hold regular services.

Little Dutch Church, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Cemetery at the Little Dutch Church, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Summerville Presbyterian

Summerville Presbyterian Church, Summerville, South Carolina
Summerville Presbyterian Church, Summerville, South Carolina

Built in 1895, Summerville Presbyterian Church is actually part of a much older congregation.  Near Charleston, the area was settled by Puritans relocating from New England and the town  of Summerville originated as a summer hub for the low country of South Carolina’s farmers.  After the Civil War, wealthy northerners began to winter there as well and it grew to be considered a southern resort area.  The current church replaced a building built in 1831 damaged by an earthquake.

All Saints Anglican

All Saints Anglican Church, Rossway, Digby County, Nova Scotia
All Saints Anglican Church, Rossway, Digby County, Nova Scotia, Canada

All Saints Anglican Church is on the way to Digby, Nova Scotia.  A small cemetery surrounds this combination of 18th century British Classicism and Colonial American meeting house style of construction.  The church was built in 1845  and includes a square bell tower and gabled roof.  It’s the oldest church still standing in Digby Neck and is included on the Canadian Register of Historic Places.

Church of the Holy Comforter

Church of the Holy Comforter, Crescent City, Florida (Putnam County)
Church of the Holy Comforter, Crescent City, Florida (Putnam County)

With the increase of winter visitors to Florida in the late 1800s, the Crescent City, Florida area decided they needed a church.  So the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter was built and services first held in early 1878.  The design is considered Carpenter Gothic, developed by Richard Upjohn, a British born architect who also lived in New York.  This architectural style was modeled on the Gothic architecture of the Anglican churches and allowed skilled local carpenters to help poorer or more rural parishes to design affordable, but attractive places to worship.  Many of these Carpenter Gothic churches in Florida were built along the St. Johns River, which was a major travel route for early travelers.