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Category Archives: Churches

Helena United Methodist Church, Helena, Mason County, Kentucky

The rusticated concrete blocks arrived at Helena Junction on the train from Carlise, Kentucky. Church members transported the blocks in their own horse-drawn wagons to the site of their new church. The stained glass windows – in various sizes and shapes – were made in Read More

St. Paul AME Church, Apalachicola, Florida

A true vacation for me, one in which I completely relax, can only be at the beach. I find, though, that I prefer the lazy rhythm of days walking on the sand,  swimming, and copious amounts of reading, to occasionally be peppered with a bit Read More

Carpenter Gothic Gem in Wewahitchka, Florida

The interstate highway system transformed America. I frequently bemoan the sterility of the interstate, but if I lacked this soulless and fast travel option, I would never get anywhere…because the side and back roads hold so much history and wonderful architecture (and I want to Read More

Beautiful Bartizans: Trenton United Methodist Church, North Carolina

I have a soft spot for small churches – those on prominent corners in small towns, or rural churches, tucked down a country road, often adjacent to a cemetery.  Both types could be considered endangered – the churches in town replaced by larger centers of Read More

The Ella Cornett Memorial Church, Harlan, Kentucky

I am not an expert on ecclesiastical architecture, but you can’t study the history of Kentucky communities without encountering many a historic church building. The church is often the largest and most decorative building in a historic neighborhood, and I am partial to the interesting Read More