On the day of the wedding (we are getting closer to it 🙂 ) we visited the nearest town Wellsboro, to have breakfast in the famous Wellsboro diner…… guess what, the one thing I did not take a photo of. But I did find a couple of stone churches, which to be truthful, I didn’t expect to see. I suppose I had seen so many white wooden ones, that I though thats all there would be, unless we were in a big city. I did try the doors on both of the churches, but they were locked, so really no different than home, guess they have the same problem of people helping themselves.
The above church is St Paul’s Episcopal 1838, I found some details from the churches web page and so very different from the forming of a UK church, I found it really interesting.
‘As the first organized church in Wellsboro, PA, St. Paul’s enjoys a proud heritage of 165 years of service to the community. Benjamin Morris, a Quaker who built a meetinghouse for fellow worshippers, which founded Wellsboro in 1806. After the Quaker group disbanded, James Lowery and Joshua Sweet headed a group interested in forming a new church.
In 1838, the church leaders hired an Episcopal priest, Mr. Charles Breck, then still in seminary in New York City. Mr. Breck accepted the call and was offerred $250 to fill the post, with the hope of this sum being increased to $300 soon thereafter. Subsequently, the first Episcopal services were held at the courthouse on Sunday, August 26, 1838. Because the location was not uniformly popular, on the second Sunday of Mr. Breck’s tenure, he was met at the door of the courthouse by the sheriff bearing weapons and bringing the news that the worshippers were no longer welcome at the courthouse.
Thereafter, and until the present structure was erected and completed in 1899, services were held at the site of an old school building on the corner of Charles and Walnut Streets. In the meantime, the now-present Romanesque structure was being completed at a cost of just over $30,000 with regular services beginning on Easter Sunday, April 2, 1899.
Just a little further from St Paul’s Church is the First Presbyterian Church (1894) The church was built about the same time as St Paul’s, the church also started life in the courthouse during the 1830’s. There is a lovely stained glass rose window, but sadly as I said, both churches were locked.
June 2015 USA