North Carolina People, Places, and Things-May 1
I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.
In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special.
Sundays in North Carolina is a day for attending church. I got wondering just where was the oldest church in the state. I guessed three places Wilmington, New Bern, or Edenton and was wrong on three guesses.
I should have known that the oldest town in the state is Bath NC and that is where I would find the oldest church. Bath is tucked into Bath Creek which is a small inlet located on the banks of the Pamilco Sound.
The small community of Bath hasn’t changed that much since it was officially established in 1705.Recently Our State magazine did a feature on Bath, NC. I recommend you check it out:
In 1734 almost thirty years after Bath came into existence St. Thomas Episcopal Church was built.
St. Thomas Episcopal Church, in the heart of Historic Bath, has been an active parish for more than 300 years.Services are still held in the historic structure every Sunday as well as other times throughout the year.
St. Thomas church shown below. My hunch is the building being made of brick has helped it withstand weather over the past three centuries.