Sunday, December 4, 2016

St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Bath, N.C., Restored, 1939

Photo of St. Thomas Church, Bath, N.C., by Ann Matwick, from her blog Biking Across America. To read this entry, go to:

“Restoration at Bath, N.C.,” from the New York Times, Dec. 17, 1939

Bath, N.C.—The restoration of North Carolina’s oldest church building in this State’s oldest town is now under way here, and within the next year it should look as it did when erected in 1734.

Under the auspices of the Bath Restoration Committee, with the cooperation of the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina and the North Carolina Historical Commission, this work on St. Thomas Church, “The Cathedral of the Diocese,” is the first step toward restoring Bath as a “Waterfront Williamsburg.”

During its 200 years the south wall of the red brick church had pushed out six inches; it is being straightened. The wooden vestry room, added to the original structure a century ago, is being razed. Original windows and doors are being replaced.

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