Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Fulton United Methodist Church. Advance, North Carolina

After we paid our regards to Eng and Chang, we continued south towards our next destination, Fulton United Methodist Church in Advance.

It is on the National Register for Historic Places as it is a very unusual design for a North Carolina country church. It was built in a Gothic Revival style with Italianate accents. The door and window sills are made of leopardite, a native rock. Men and women entered the church through the two separate doors. 

The Haneses who founded P.H. Hanes Knitting Company, now known as Hanesbrands Inc. and one of the largest clothing manufacturers in the world (but no longer owned by the Hanes family) financed the entire building costs in 1888. The patriarch and founder of  Hanes and many members of his family are buried in the church cemetery. 

 And look who was perching on the weathervane . . .


Dartford Warbler said...

Those starlings get everywhere! I have about ten on the bird table outside my window.

An interesting church. It seems incredible that men and women had separate entrances. 1888 was not so long ago.

Anyes said...

Yes, I recognize him...He was at your garden party the other day ;-)

Karen said...

DW: And I came home for lunch to find a huge group in my small garden.

Separate entrances were the norm in practically all denominations throughout the South back up through the early part of the 20th century. The American South has always been behind the curve.

Anyes: I think they are following me!