One of the main reasons immigrants to the new world gave up most of their worldly possessions and endured treacherous voyages across the wild and green Atlantic Ocean was because of their search for religious freedom. And so, many original towns were either established around churches or churches were built there soon after the towns were established. Religious freedom is an important part of life in the United States. Though the original churches in Brunswick County, NC are Christian churches, you will find Jewish Synagogues in nearby Wilmington, NC and a Buddhist Temple on Midway Road in Bolivia, NC. You will also meet people who find their spiritualism next to the sea. There are many spiritual places on Oak Island which are recognized by those who tune themselves in to the universe. Because the first European settlers were Christian, the historic churches are Christian churches. They are interesting to people of all faiths because of their architecture and their beauty. Here are a few that you may enjoy visiting:

St. Philip’s Parish at Old Brunswick Town State Historic Site in Winnabow, NC (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/attractions/southport/st-philips-parish/profile/) is the oldest and the only Colonial church in southeastern, NC.

Photo by Alice Paul Gray

The Chapel of the Cross at St. Philip’s in Southport, NC (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/attractions/southport/the-chapel-of-cross-at-st-philips/profile/)

Trinity United Methodist Church in Southport, NC (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/attractions/southport/trinity-united-methodist-church/profile/)

I’ll be Home for Christmas

You can visit seven homes besides your own on December 14 in Southport, NC. The Southport Tour of Homes sponsored by the Southport Historical Society will be held on that day from 2 PM until 7 PM. Proceeds will go to scholarships for seniors at South Brunswick High School. This tour will be held early enough for you to get some decorating ideas for your own home. The homes on the tour range from the Asa Dosher House built in the 1890s and on the National Register of Historic Places, to a new home built in 2012 and designed by local architect, Rich Bandera. In addition to the holiday decorations, you will enjoy the architectural elements of these homes including;
handmade doors
heart pine floors
a claw foot tub
a masonry fireplace
a deck built around a live oak tree
a handmade pine counter top
banks of windows
views of the Cape Fear river
reclaimed hardwood floors
Southport bows
hand-worked carpentry
old barn board floors
an arched brick fireplace
So, come to these homes for Christmas and walk on down to the waterfront for the flotilla afterwards. Make some more hometown memories again this year.