Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Red House Presbyterian Church, Semora, North Carolina

As TB and I are not fond of fighting the Christmas shopping crowds over the holiday weekend, we decided to go down to Salisbury to take pictures of the historic train depot, grist mill and other historic sites in the area since the day was absolutely perfect for snapshots.

I got to TB's house and realized that I had left my book on historic architecture and maps back at my house 45 minutes away. We agreed it wouldn't make much sense to backtrack north to my house when Salisbury was south of TB and so we decided to just drive the backroads and see what we could see.

We ended up in Semora, an unincorporated village of about 1200 near the Virginia border (so much for not going back to my house; Semora is north of Greensboro). We found this beautiful little Greek Revival church back in the woods and so drove up the driveway to take pictures.

This is Red House Presbyterian Church. According to information that I found on the Internet, this congregation has been in existence since 1755. This is the fourth church building on this site - a 1913 Classical Revival reconstruction of the second church building that was built in 1806. It was named Red House for the red painted inn that sat just down the road from the church.

It is a tiny jewel of a church building in the back country of North Carolina. The typical country church is generally a wood framed building. I can't think of any churches we've driven by that could compete with this beautiful structure.


Anyes said...

The treasures we find when we do not know where we're going ;-)

What a beautiful building, Karen. Did you get to see inside?

frayedattheedge said...

It may be smaller than the Abbey, but it is a beautiful building!

Chantal said...

what a pleasant house style

Karen said...

Anyes: I tried the doors, but they were locked. There has been problems with country churches being vandalized in counties south of Greensboro so I guess the congregation didn't want to take any chances.

Anne: It is very lovely especially since it stands by itself on a back road.

Chantal: It is a most unusual style of church for North Carolina - quite rare.