Historic church moves to Chapel Hill

The historic St. Philip's Chapel was taken apart at its former location in Germanton, N.C. and placed on flatbed trucks for its journey to Chapel Hill.
December 8, 2012 2:21:23 PM PST
An ancient church building more than two centuries old ended a week-long trek along rural state roads to its new home in Orange County.

The historic St. Philip's Chapel was taken apart at its former location in Germanton, N.C. and placed on flatbed trucks for its journey.

Now the new owners of the church must put it back together again. The Episcopal Church of the Advocate in Chapel Hill paid to move the building from Stokes County to its new 15 acre site.

Before the purchase, the 9-year-old congregation rented space for its Sunday services elsewhere in Orange County.

Now members of the congregation are happy to have a church of their own.

"For the people of The Advocate, this building will provide a place for us to worship and provide hospitality, in various ways and venues in the years ahead," said Church of the Advocate vicar Lisa Fischbeck.

Now that the church is in place, it will be another six weeks or so before the building can be used.

"Leave it on a level position, then all of the parts and pieces will be taken out of the trailer and reassembled," said Mike Blake of Blake Moving and Rigging.

Then there will need to be more grading and a parking lot needs to be built. Church organizers are hoping to have services at the church on or near Easter.

"We're talking about holding concerts in here, opening it up so that other groups could have their meetings in here. Since we're a church that benefited from the hospitality of other groups, we feel like we ought to continue that tradition," said founding church member Sam Laurent.

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