“Ghosts wandering here and there troop home to churchyards.” ~ William Shakespeare
Today, as promised, I’d like to share more about my fulfilling travels to St Paul’s Kent in Rockhall, Maryland. If you are ever in the area, do stop by and visit this historic Anglican Church. It was organized in 1692 after William and Mary ruled England. The historical facts about the church are many but, here is a brief synopsis about the structures in the 19 acre churchyard.
- The first building was 40 X 24 ft – erected by Daniel Norris (1695 – 1696)
- The present church was constructed in 1713 at the cost of 70,000 lbs of tobacco
- 34 pews were contained in the original structure
- It is only one of four 18th Century churches to have a semicircular apse
- Church walls feature Flemish bond brickwork
- Semicircular arches are above doors and windows
- Church remodeled in 1940 with an addition adding 23 new pews
- The stained glass window in the chancel cost $250 back in 1864
- The church bell was installed also in 1864 for $10
- The Marble baptismal font was a gift by the congregation to the church in 1863
- The Parish House, offices and classrooms were added in the later part of the 20th Century.
- Actress Tallulah Bankhead is buried in the churchyard at St Paul’s Kent.
Although our country is relatively new compared to European history, getting out and exploring historic churches and museums in Maryland is a fascinating way to spend a beautiful fall day. Not too far from St Pauls, Kent is the African-American Schoolhouse Museum.http://bit.ly/1tFqu9R. Since I was headed north to another historic church called Shrewsbury Parish, I’ve saved that museum until I return next time to the Eastern shore of Maryland.
I hope you enjoy these images of the historic landmark church St Paul’s Kent. It is a beautiful and holy place for reflection and meditation!
Below Photos: Another structure in the churchyard – Circa 1766 according to bricks on the side of the building. This building was inaccessible but peaking through the windows there were identical fireplaces on each side of the interior of the structure. The photo of the fireplace was taken through old windowpane.
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