We set out in the April snow today to visit Valle Crucis in North Carolina. I had in mind that we'd visit the Mast General Store (which I recommend to anyone visiting the Boone or Blowing Rock area) and The Church of the Holy Cross. The church was established in 1842 and is said to be the cradle of the Episcopal Heritage in the mountains of western North Carolina. The present church (top) was built in 1926. We noticed on a flyer we picked up at Mast that there was another church marked on the map three miles away. So our next stop was St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church (left) which sits in a very secluded woodland setting. Built in 1862, this beautiful church is used as a wedding chapel today. Finally, our trek took us to Blowing Rock and to the church featured in the Mitford Series books, St. Mary of the Hills. Built in 1918, the church (right) is dedicated to Susie Parker Stringfellow, who is honored with a plaque bearing these words...
She was an admirer of the beautiful
A lover of the good
A defender of the right
A foe to injustice and
A helper of distress
wherever she found it
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