More than 120 years ago, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church was built in Germanton, N.C.
Next month, the church will make the nearly 100-mile trek to its new home in Chapel Hill.
The building will be used by The Episcopal Church of the Advocate, which has been looking for a permanent location since 2003.
But Germanton residents who grew up in the church are opposing the relocation of what they call a historic landmark.
“The people who have cared for the church for the last 20 years had no idea it was going to be sold until after the decision was made,” said Caroline Armijo of Friends of St. Philip’s Church, a group created to protest the move.
A new place to worship
In 2011, the The Episcopal Church of the Advocate — which had previously rented several facilities — made plans to build a new place of worship near Homestead Road.
But when church leaders discovered St. Philip’s Church, they decided it was more cost-effective to move an existing structure.
“People were really excited about recycling an existing building rather than building it from scratch,” Rev. Lisa Fischbeck, the vicar of the Chapel Hill church, said.