Monday, August 3, 2009

Houses of Worship Tour

Join me on this sunny morning to take a walk around town to see our many places of worship.
This is the Tabernacle Church, an African American landmark that dates before the civil war.
The Synogogue is another 1800's structure as the Jewish community was quite large here in the 19th century, and still is today.

The large stained glass window is one of several on this Methodist Church which dates to the 1920's.

The First African Baptist Church is still active after almost 150 of services.
Even though this church no longer conducts worship services, it does serve as the art department for the local University.

The Catholic Church in town dates to 1846 and has a small graveyard beside the church.

This small Afican American Methodist church dates to 1833.

The large Baptist Church in town was organized in 1804 and is still very active today. It's steeple is one of two notable steeples that grace our skyline.

St. Helena Epsicopal Church is the second notable steeple in our skyline. Established in 1711, the church building was constructed in 1724. It served as a hospital during the civil war and has a large graveyard surrounding it (I've posted pictures in previous posts of the graveyard). Today it holds three services every Sunday.
The First Presbytarian Church is a bit younger, established in 1912.

The last stop on our walk is the AME Methodist Church, another notable historic structure still holding services actively today.
Thanks for joining me on my House of Worship walk!
Let's go get some lemonade and sit a spell in one of the swings on the waterfront and watch the dolphins play in the water:).


Paula said...

Dear Kim,

I enjoyed the house of worship tour so much! What beautiful old churches! I am amazed at their age and history! Thank you for sharing your lovely photos!

I would love to sit on a swing with you and watch the dolphins play.

Have a blessed day!

June said...

Hi Kim,
This tour was so great for me today. I adore old churches and you have shown some lovelies here. Remember the old 'Ideals' magazines, As a child I used to look through those hour after hour, and my favorite pictures and poems were about the old churches with their steeples and spires.
I remember your post of the beautiful cemetery in the church yard. What a lovely place it is.
Thank you for sharing these houses of worship with us all.

...Miss...Maddie's... said...

The churches are beautiful Kim. Built by dedicated souls and hands.
I've noticed that most are white clapboard reflecting the hot Southern sun and the purity of heart held within.

The Sweetbrier Cottage said...

Well done! Those buildings are absolutely incredible! I love the steeples especially.

crochet lady said...

What an interesting tour. Love all the different architectural styles and the history of some of the older buildings.

Queenmothermamaw said...

I thoroughly enjoyed your post today. That makes for a nice subject. I love churches myself. Boy do we have them around her, but most abundant are Catholic churches in this three county area. The cathedral here was the first west of the Alleghaney. Bardstown was the seat of the diocese for many years and then was moved to Louisville as an archdiocese.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Kim,

Thank you for taking us on such a lovely tour around your City.
I enjoyed seeing all the wonderful and different Houses of Worship.

I would love to sit and sip lemonade with you and watch the dolphins.

I hope that your week is going well.


Deanna said...

Kim, this is such a neat post!!!

Lemonade sounds in Kansas it was in the 100s.
Lemonade weather for sure.

This Church Tour was a delight to take. So glad you shared this. These are beautiful church buildings with so much history.

It would be awesome to have attended services here. I can just imagine the singing and the prayers that the saints provided.

More, more plez!

Blessings to you,

TattingChic said...

Those are beautiful old churches. Thanks for sharing. :)