St. John’s Episcopal Church Reconsecrated

Williamsboro Church Interior Two

On September 30, 1956, St. John’s Episcopal Church in Williamsboro was reconsecrated by the Right Reverend Edwin A. Penick, Bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina, following the building’s careful restoration. The Anglican church building constructed in 1773 is one of only three intact colonial-era churches remaining in North Carolina and the only one of frame construction.

Williamsboro Church Interior OneThe simple but well-crafted rectangular gable-front building rests on a Flemish bond brick foundation, is sheathed in molded weatherboards, and features a modillion cornice and tall sixteen-pane-over-sixteen-pane double-hung sash windows that illuminate the bright interior characteristic of the auditory Anglican church model. The interior has an arched ceiling, original gallery with turned posts, and boxed pews.

Master carpenter John Lynch built the church according to specifications drawn up in 1771, but it took two years of sporadic effort to complete. The small town of Williamsboro sprang up around the building at the heart of the wealthy plantation community in what would become northern Vance County. It originally was named Nutbush Church and was consecrated as St. John’s in 1825.

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