Location: Valle Crucis, NC
Saint John's Episcopal Church
Valle Crusis is Latin for "Vale of the Cross," and is a reference to the three streams in the town that seem to form the shape of a cross. In the 1840s, the Episcopal missionary, William West Skiles came to the area and started the Church of the St. John the Baptist in 1926; he also founded a Missionary School.
Local legend says the priest hung himself on a rafter right in front of the alter. Not long after, the church closed down for many years. Upon reopening in the 1990s, people believe that the scores on the rafter in the front of the church are from the rope the priest used to hang himself and that the seemingly shipped away area underneath is where his bowels had let loose when he hanged himself.
The Church protests, saying he died of cancer in December 8th, 1862.
On July 1, 2001, his original headstone was moved.
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Posted by IraBot Tuesday, May 12, 2009