Sunday, January 24, 2010

An English Church in Tennessee

In anticipation of our trip to Tennessee last week, I bought a couple of books about things to see and do, and this church was on my "Need a Picture of That" list.

Located at the intersection of Tennessee Hwy. 243 and Zion Road, near Columbia, Tennessee, the beautiful silhouette of St. John's Episcopal Church is truly a work of art, which looks as if it should be found somewhere in the English countryside. It is, in fact, a copy of a church in Devon, England.

I was curious, and "googled" churches in Devon, England, and found this beautiful old church which I believe was the model for St. John's. It's the Parish Church of All Saints in Winkleigh, which is an imposing landmark of the Devonshire countryside.

[Photo by Jackie Freeman Photography
Winkleigh, November 2008]

But back to St. John's ... Built in 1839 in the Gothic Revival style, it has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1970. No longer an operating church, it is only used once annually for services.

Although it looks impressive against the backdrop of the dreary winter day, I would love to go back and capture it with my camera in the spring or summer.

I am linking this to Scenic Sunday, a unique photo blog. This is my first time to participate, and I look forward to seeing unique and beautiful scenery from all over the world.


The Quintessential Magpie said...

I might be prejudiced since I'm Episcopalian, but I think that Episcopal churches are always the most charming. This one has it in spades.


Sheila :-)

DB said...

Wow! I didn't even know that existed and it's right "in my own back yard!" I may have to take a picnic lunch and one of my many English Lit treasures and soak up the atmosphere. Beautiful photographs as always! Thanks for sharing and I hope you enjoyed your trip to Tennessee! Come back now, ya hear?

Deb said...

beautiful....I'm having so much fun on this trip to Tennesse....

Tonja said...

Why is it no longer in use? It is really beautiful! I would love to see the inside too!