Thursday, December 27, 2007

New uses

This Church in Mount Vernon, Washington was built in the early 1900s and is now a Wedding chaple, a coffee/cinnamon shop and a home. It is still beautiful. MB

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Wildwood Chapel

This teeny tiny chapel in the woods up in Marblemount, Wa. part of the North Cascades Highway.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Tucked in the woods

I saw this little church tucked away off the road on my way to Marblemount, Wa. heading for the North Cascades Highway. I don't know the history of this little beauty but I know it is special.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Painted churches of Texas

This is St Mary's Catholic church in High Hill. It is built on nine acres deeded to the church in 1868. It is a classic example of the Gothic revival style with its beautiful artwork and stained glass windows. The churches and there about 15 are painted bt itinerant laborers and the colors are as vivid today as they were over 100 years ago.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Lavender Monastery

I received this beautiful picture of an old monastery in the lavender fields in Provence, France from Nance in France. Thanks Nance.

Monday, July 16, 2007


This is the Zion Philadelphia United chrich of Christ. Founded June 3rd 1888 and is on the Historical Register. Many, many buildings in Ritzville Wa. are on the Register. At one time Ritzville was the wheat capital of Washington and it still is king.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Church in the woods

This is a newer Church but I like its location. You go down a long wooded dirt road and in the woods is the church and a statue.

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Island Church

Vaness, (Beach Girl) was visiting Ocracoke Island and sent me this church she photographed. It is the Oracoke Island (NC) Methodist Church circa 1880. Very nice. Thank you Vanessa

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Cowboy Church

I always liked this picture. It is called
Cowboy Church.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Wailea Chapel , Maui

I saw this Picture on Naturalmoms blog. It is a picture Thomas Kincade painted when he saw the Chapel When he was in Maui. Naturalmom allowed me to go ahead and post the picture. Also is a photo of a window in the chapel

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Beauty in the Grove

Vanessa sent this photo of this beautiful Church for all to view:
Little Grove United Methodist Church
Frisco, NC (Hatteras Island)
Originally called Trent Methodist, the building was destroyed in the 1933 hurricane.
This building was built in 1939 and dedicated in July 1940---it is still going strong.

Thanks Vanessa

Friday, April 20, 2007


This is Avon Methodist Church. Originally built in the late 1880s and it has been in continual use ever since. It is a beautiful church and that is my car right beside it. It is on Avon-Allen rd. In the late 1800s when all these little towns were founded they each had their own church although they were just a few miles apart. well until the whole area was diked and drained travel specially in the winter was by canoe or you would just get stuck in the mud.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Bay View

This is the Bay View United Methodist Church built in 1888. Bay View is a small town, now mostly residents, situated on Padilla bay in SkagitCounty.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

LITTLE Hatteras Island Church

This is from Vanessa, our beach girl out on the islands. This is a VERY LITTLE church. Services on Thursday and at 7 PM. Thanks Vanessa

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Downtown Everett, WA

Calvary Lutheran in Everett, Wa. It is on the same St. that the other two churches are on. In fact I think they are only blocks apart. All three churches were built around the same time.

First Presbyterian of Everett. An odd angle. You can see the older part with the spire and the newer closer. Also downtown Everett.

Central Lutheran church in Everett, WA. Pop. 95,000. This church dates back to early Everett pre 1900,and has been in continuous use. It is right downtown. You can see it has been added onto over the years.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Samish Island Church

Samish Island didn't have its own church so Sunday morning saw people leaving the island to go to Edison or Bow for church. So some island women started up a meeting in their homes and finally in 1913 this church was built.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Virginia Church

This church is in Lignum, Va. the building dates to 1890 but the church was established in 1874. Thanks goes out to Vanessa and welcome back from the 1800s.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Little White church

A touching headstone.....

This Lutheran Church is in Silvana, part of Stanwood WA. It was built in 1884 and when its congregation out grew the Church, another one was built in town. This one is called the Little White Church on the Hill and is on the Historical Registry. It is used for wedding and funerals etc. It also has its own small cemetary. One certaintly can see the Scandanavian heritage in this valley.

Friday, March 9, 2007


This is the Freeborn Lutheran Church built in 1900. Freeborn was a small Norweigian farming community now part of Stanwood, WA. It now has 164 members but always welcoming any new-comers. The parsonage next door was built in the 20s and now is a day-care. The church has its own cemetary. Very picturesque.

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Update: Bible and Rifle Church

The church was built in 1862 (the very same structure). A monument stands and says : In memory of the Beecher Bible and Rifle Colony which settled this area in 1856 and helped make Kansas a free state.
The well-known Rev. Henry Ward Beecher of Brooklyn and his congregation pledged and raised the money to send settlers to Kansas to establish the free state. Everyman got $25, a Sharps rifle and a bible.
There's way more to the whole history but this is a quick synopsis. MB

Monday, March 5, 2007

What's in a name

This church is from Kim. She and her friend saw this church with the intrigueing name on their way home from the Museum of Oz in Kansas. The Beecher Bible and Rifle church. hmmmm

Friday, March 2, 2007


This is a little church is in the town of blanchard. The town was first called Fravel after the founder but when a new sawmill was opened up it was owned by a George Blanchard so the RR changed the name. Blanchard was a logging, fishing and oyster town built on the bay. This church used to be a Methodist denomination and was built in 1911. It is now a Country Chapel where weddings and events like that are held.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

The past remains

This is the Fir/Conway Lutheran Church built in the 1800s. The town of Fir built on the banks of the Skagit River burned to the ground in1893--the only building left is the church. Conway is right across the river and still exists. I don't know what happened to the smaller church but the house you see in the background is still there.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Who is watching?

This is the Catholic church in Laconner, WA. It is a town built on a channel and was a busy fishing, logging and shipping village until the railroad bypassed it and things could be shipped by rail not schooners. The town lay dormant for many years and left untouched so a majority of old building remain and in good condition. It is now a thriving antique and tourist town. Upscale! This church was built in the late 1800s. I thought the sun made for cool lighting.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Shaker Church

This is the Shaker Church on the Tulalip Indian Reservation. There has been talk of tearing down this church but the Tulalips' do not want that. It is a sacred building. The Indian shaker Religion was started in 1881 by Squaxin John Slocum.

It is unrelated to the Shakers of New England.

Monday, February 26, 2007

St. Pauls

This sweet church is on the Swinomish Indian Reservation. It is St. Pauls. And it is very old. I need to find out more info about it. I like the blue trim.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

The Church Lady

This church is in Edison, right in the little town. It is not a church anymore. It was at one time a Catholic church. I talked to the lady who lived there and she said it was one of the first buildings in Edison and the town was founded in1869. Most of the old buildings are still in use in town. It is a cute, funky town.
She did say everyone should live in a church. I didnt ask anymore questions.

Old Timer

I took the liberty of using a picture of an old derelict church building taken from Sue's blog.

Country Church

This is a little country church in the town of Edison. It is the Edison Lutheran Church. It has been remodeld and updated but still with the old timey flavor. Early 1900s