1891 chapel being moved to new home in Chapel Hill

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — A 121-year-old vacated chapel is being moved 126 miles to its new owners in Chapel Hill.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the former St. Philip’s Episcopal Church began its slow move Thursday from Germanton.

The chapel has lacked a congregation since 1980. It is becoming the Episcopal Church of the Advocate, a 9-year-old congregation that didn’t have its own sanctuary.

Blake Moving Co. of Greensboro is moving the 56-foot-long chapel along a rural route over mostly two-lane roads.

Church of the Advocate Rev. Lisa Fischbeck says the building will travel at less than 10 mph and will reach its new home Dec. 8.

St. Philip’s congregation peaked at 20 families around the turn of the 20th century. Local residents had hoped to keep the building in Germanton.

Credit: The Associated Press.

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