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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Church





We have some pretty amazing churches in my little town.


This is the Presbyterian Church.

In 1848, the first United Presbyterian Church was established in this area. The first services were held in a cooper shop, a log tavern and at the first stone school. In 1850 a white frame church was built on this site. This church was constructed in 1881.



This is the Roman Catholic Church.

Sadly, I was unable to find any information on the background of this church. I do know there has been organized Catholic worship in town since 1902. The Catholic Church is in an undecided phase, as they are closing churches in the area, and merging congregations together. (This is not unique to the Catholic church, all churches in Canada seem to be in the same situations, with declining membership.) In behind the church is the site of the Catholic elementary school.



This is the United Church.

This building was constructed in 1879 as a Methodist church. It became the United Church in 1925. The tower originally had a spire, but was struck by lightening in 1940, and was never replaced.


This is the Anglican Church.

The original church was a simple rectangular building, constructed in 1857. In 1866 the church underwent extensive renovations.

I think these are some of the most outstanding buildings in the town. These buildings have seen joy and sorrow over the years, and have a great history about them.

As you can probably tell, I enjoy history and old buildings.
I hope you do too!!









18 comments:

gramee said...

beautiful churches.
i love it when the churches have history.
there is a church down the street from me.
it has bee meeting for 30 years..in an elementary school..
wow.. think if they had built a church,

ASHLEY said...

WOW....THOSE ARE BEAUTIFUL CHURCH BULIDINGS.

Laurie in Ca. said...

These are beautiful buildings Pam. Your little town is so rich in historical places and I love seeing them here. Thank you for your prayers. They mean so much and are so needed right now. I love you.

Love and Hugs, Laurie

Debbie said...

Those are gorgeous. I know the closing of some Catholic parishes is really causing strife among people. I feel for them. It is hard to lose your church.

jen@odbt said...

I love the older, more traditional churches like you photographed. Our church is in the process of building one (still raising money) but the architectural drawings are of a more modern looking church.

Yaya said...

Great pictures! Those churches are beautiful! I love historic buildings!

Jenn(ifer) said...

Beautiful! I love looking at different churches when I travel. There is something about them that just mesmerize me. Love your pictures

lagirl said...

You are fortunate to have such beautiful churches in your community. And the snowy backdrop makes them appear even more quaint. I enjoy the history of old buildings/churches too.

BTW, thanks for stopping by my Blog.
I love meeting new blogging friends!

Jen said...

that was a really cool post with some really cool buildings. I am a sucker for history too.

Melissa said...

Wow! Those are beautiful churches and great pictures as well. I love looking at beautiful buildings, but we don't really have any here. That's one of the reasons I'm so looking forward to moving to Washington DC!

Just A Mom (Call me JAM for short) said...

I love pictures of old churches. I've got a few in my picture files. The insides are usually just as beautiful too with lots of stained glass. Thanks for sharing these!

The Blonde Duck said...

They look like something out of a storybook!

jamaise said...

Very nice. I love any old building, but churches hold a spcial feeling.
When my youngest was nursing, churches were always my stop and nurse spots on long car trips. We saw many beautiful churches along the way.
Thanks for sharing - at least they don't shake your foundation at noon!!!!

Brooke said...

I love the old churches! These are the types you see in movies with wedding scenes. Great job capturing more wonders of your town!

Bee and Rose said...

Simply gorgeous photos, Pam! Blonde Duck is right..they do have that storybook vibe!

Hugs!

blueviolet said...

I enjoy looking at churches so much. It's one of my favorite things to do when I visit other towns. There just aren't any buildings that are as pretty to me as churches.

Ashley said...

Wow! Those are simply beautiful churches! I love history and architecture too. Thanks for sharing! ;)

kel said...

very pretty!!!!