Sunday, June 23, 2013
The Durham church of the week is pretty typical of the classical revival style churches you see everywhere. Built in the late 1930s, I think, it probably would not have looked much different if it was built a century or two earlier. Maybe not. I've determined to brush up on my architecture knowledge, so hopefully I will start having some useful and/or interesting things to say about the churches I highlight here. For starters, here's a gem: those white stone blocks on the front edge corners of the building are called quoins and the pieces of wood that you can see on the inside edge and underneath the triangular pediment are called dentils (because they look like teeth, I guess.) This beauty is in a neighborhood of Durham called Braggtown, and the church is thus called Braggtown Baptist Church. I couldn't get a good picture of it, but there was a rose garden on the front lawn in the shape of a giant cross. However, I have not yet found any information about how Braggtown got it's name.
It is located near the historic Stagville Plantation, once the largest plantation in North Carolina, which C and I visited yesterday. There, you can tour the plantation house (not at all Gone With the Wind fancy), some of the slave quarters which are still standing, and a barn that was once the largest building in North Carolina, built entirely without nails. It was amazing and humbling to think that about 900 slaves used to live on and work the fields that are now mostly woods as far as the eye can see, all for the benefit of one family.
There are a lot of other very interesting historical sites here in North Carolina that I hope C and I can take the time to go and see when we have time to on weekends. I am going to try and blog about those visits as often as they happen, as well as continue to post churches on Sundays, reviews of the books I read, garden highlights, as well as craft and art projects that I do. Having the themes of travel, churches, books, garden, and arts will hopefully inspire me to blog more and also be my journal of sorts, since I neglect to write anything down otherwise. We shall see how I do!