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Trinity Church

US 258, Scotland Neck, NC, USA

Latitude & Longitude: 36° 6' 48.6612", -77° 25' 55.3008"
  North Carolina State Historical Marker
    North Carolina State
Historical Marker
    Marker Text:
"Episcopal. Established about 1732. This building, the third, was erected in 1854, in part with brick from an older church."
     Contrary to the information on the marker, Trinity Church (Episcopal) was established in 1833. The eighteenth century date likely pertains to a colonial chapel several miles east. The first record of that church is dated February 2, 1738, when land was acquired for use by the parish.

     The present Trinity church, an architectural landmark, was consecrated on May 27, 1855, by Joseph Blount Cheshire (1814-1899). The church was built under Cheshire’s direction. Cheshire received his schooling at the Edenton Academy and the Episcopal School for Boys at Raleigh, which is now known as St. Mary’s. He remained Trinity Church’s rector for thirty-five years until he resigned in 1869 due to poor health. Cheshire beautified the grounds of the church with plants of native and exotic varieties for he was also known to have a love for botany.

     In March of 1884 fire damaged the interior of the church. The congregation built a new sanctuary in Scotland Neck, reserving the old church for occasional use. Some of the brick from the outer wall of the original Trinity Church survived the fire and was used to help build the new church.

Stuart Hall Smith Claiborne T. Smith Jr., The History of Trinity Parish, Scotland Neck and Edgecombe Parish, Halifax County (1955)
William S. Powell, ed., Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, I, 392-393—sketch by Jacquelin Drane Nash
Catherine W. Bishir and Michael Southern, The Historic Architecture of Eastern North Carolina (1996)
Letter from Martha H. Holloman, March 24, 1982, in marker files, North Carolina Office of Archives and History
Trinity Church Historical Marker Location Map, Scotland Neck, North Carolina