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DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. -- The century-old Mount Ebal Methodist church near Denton in Davidson County is on the National Register of Historic Places but for the most part sits quiet and empty in its country splendor.

Visitors who do stop by the old house of God use it as a quiet place to reflect. It’s home to a few weddings a year and in June, family and friends gather for the annual homecoming.

But one day this week the sacred site had visitors who were not respectful of the years this building has quietly endured.

Stewart Sexton and his sister Sarah Sexton Morris are the great-grandchildren of the family that built Mount Ebal Methodist Church in 1883 for a just $60. They got a call that someone had gone inside the building and damaged the area around the altar.

“I knew that I needed to call the sheriff’s department and come down here and meet with them and we did -- and now we’ll just make a plan on how to get it fixed,” Sexton told FOX8.

For a building that is 133 years old, it is remarkably well kept and original but now broken railing, splintered spindles and original handcrafted woodwork are destroyed and left littered about the small sanctuary.

While they work on a plan to get repairs underway, Sexton and Morris do have a message for the vandals.

“We don’t hold grudges or things like that. We just want them to know what they did was wrong and how it has hurt others,” Morris said. “This is definitely holy ground it’s been passed down for so many generations and we want to keep it that way.”

Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to contact the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office.