Last week we had the opportunity to visit a little bit of the towns of Washington and Bath, NC. Due to uncontrollable circumstances, we didn't do much of the historic walking tour in Washington, but we did get to see the original church (and maybe one of the oldest in NC) in Bath. It's still being used as an Episcopal church, and the original building has not had any additions, though there are buildings around it that belong to the church. The church is open for tours (which means you walk in and look around). It was fascinating.
|These pew cushions reminded me of the church I grew up in. |
One long red cushion that runs the length of the entire pew, and is not attached.
|I've only seen glass bookcases in old churches. Here it was used to store Bibles and hymnbooks. |
Beside, hanging off the window sill, was a basket holding coloring books and crayons for kids.
|The view from the front of the church. The original building of New Bethel Baptist Church here in Garner had a balcony. Prior to the civil war, it was where the slaves sat during church time.|
|Love the stone floor. It was quite level. Most stone pavements aren't, making it difficult on wheelchairs.|
|and the balcony steps. I'm always amazed at how narrow staircases from the 1800s are. |
In today's buildings, steps would be twice that width.
|View from the back of the church|
|Instead of having wooden pockets on the back (similar to the one holding the offering envelope) for hymnbooks, these pews had a shelf underneath as a place for hymnbooks. I think I like this a little better than on the back of the pew.|