Pierced Headstones of Abbott’s Creek Primitive Baptist Church-Thomasville, North Carolina

grave marker with designs that cut through the marker

The Abbott’s Creek Primitive Baptist Church was founded in 1756 in Davidson County, North Carolina. This is one of twelve county cemeteries containing at least one pierced headstone made by local craftsmen during the early to mid-nineteenth century.

In 1981, the National Endowment for the Humanities conducted a photographic survey of these soapstone markers and categorized them in different phases of styles. This type of sculptural work in cemeteries in North America has only been found in this part of North Carolina.

In the mid-eighteenth century, this part of North Carolina was being settled by people from Scotland, Ireland, and Germany. The Germans are attributed to the craftsmanship seen in these stones.

This cemetery was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

Elisabeth Bodenhamer, 1803-1824
Jacob Bodenheimer, 1827
Elizabeth Jones
Ezekiel Teague, 1770-1839

St. George’s Episcopal Church-Pungoteague, Virginia

Picture credit: Library of Congress. Taken in 1930.

Built in 1738, the St. George’s Church is the oldest extant church on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Federal Troops used it as a horse stable and caused great damage. It was rebuilt after the Civil War. Some of the original brickwork is still in place. The church is used sporadically, along with its cemetery.

Notice the checkered pattern. This is an early American example of the Flemish bond. You can read more about it and why the brick appears white in some photos on this website.

It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.

Shiloh Baptist Church-Painter, Virginia

Shiloh Baptist Church is the oldest Black church in Accomack County, Virginia. The congregation was founded in 1875 after members decided to break away from the white church, Hollies Baptist Church. This is the third building for the church after the first two were lost to fire. This one was built in 1907.

I believe the building on the right is a lodge based on its two floors and shape.

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