Historic chapel arrives in Chapel Hill by truck Saturday

From staff reportsDecember 8, 2012 

— A 121-year-old chapel from a community north of Winston-Salem is scheduled to arrive at its new home in Chapel Hill by late Saturday morning.

The former St. Philip’s Episcopal Church is being carried by truck to a lot off Homestead Road, where it will become the Episcopal Church of the Advocate, a 9-year-old congregation that has never had its own sanctuary.

Blake Moving Co. of Greensboro rolled the building out of Germanton last week to begin the 126-mile journey on mostly two-lane roads. The final leg will take the 26-foot-wide sanctuary down N.C. 86 around Hillsborough and into Chapel Hill.

The chapel’s roof and steeple were removed in advance and are making the trip separately.

St. Philip’s was completed in 1891 in the Carpenter Gothic style, and its membership peaked around the turn of the 20th century. Though it has not had a congregation since 1980, it was a beloved landmark in Germanton, where residents fought to keep the building on its historic site.

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