Historic church will get its bell tower back in Chapel Hill

From staff reportsApril 29, 2013 

— A 19th-century church that was dismantled and moved to Chapel Hill last fall will have its bell tower restored to its place atop the building sometime this week.

The former St. Philip’s Episcopal Church was trucked from the community of Germanton, north of Winston-Salem, to Homestead Road in December to become home of the Episcopal Church of the Advocate. The 122-year-old Carpenter Gothic style building arrived on one flatbed trailer, while its steeple, removed in two parts, had arrived more than a month earlier on another.

Now the bell tower will be hoisted into place atop the steeple’s base as soon as Wednesday, if weather permits.

The 10-year-old Church of the Advocate has never had a sanctuary of its own and hopes to begin holding services in its new historic building later this year.

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