Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Plank Chapel United Methodist Church, Kittrell, NC

Saturday turned into taking church snapshots day. As we drove through the back roads of eastern North Carolina we stumbled upon some beautiful churches along with the one church that I was specifically looking for.

This is Plank Chapel United Methodist Church in Kittrell outside of Henderson. According to the church's history, the first meeting house was founded by Roger Jones in the 1780's. That meeting house was replaced by several more churches until this current sanctuary was built in 1900. The church's website says this was the first church building with a steeple. The copper cross on the steeple comes from a former whiskey still!

Plank Chapel as it looked in 1909


Anyes said...

I love the cross story, Karen ;-)

frayedattheedge said...

This is so different to our churches, which are usually stone buildings.

Karen said...

Anyes: I wonder if it was the state police who donated the copper after destroying an illegal whiskey still. There is no mention on the website.

Anne: It is rare to see a stone building of any kind here in North Carolina. Lumber or bricks (the Piedmont is nothing but clay for its soil) are the two choices builders have here.