Last year when we took our trip to the mountains, we visited Highlands, North Carolina. I wrote about Highlands the year I started my blog in 2011, and I shared some images of the pretty churches there. Most of my readers were really taken with the Episcopal church in Highlands (You can see the Episcopal Church in this post.) I think it's very pretty, too; but I was intrigued with the Presbyterian Church, which I didn't get to see up close in 2011 because we ran out of time. I finally got a chance to view the church at close range, and I wasn't disappointed. Founded in 1885, it really is a charming little church.
I love the wrought iron hardware on these doors!
I love the pale yellow wooden siding, the dark green trim, and the green shingled roof. It fits perfectly in this setting.
The grass was so green, and the flowers were proudly showing off their colors.
There was a bit of a climb to the front door. ;)
The Presbyterian denomination was brought to North America mostly by Scots and Scots-Irish immigrants. (source)
California now claims the largest number of residents of Scottish descent. Nevertheless, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2006 American Community Survey, North Carolina has the highest percentage of Scots-Irish inhabitants. The greatest concentration of Scots-Irish is in the west of the state from Charlotte through the mountains. (source)
The main street in Highlands as seen from the sidewalk in front of the church.
...and looking in the other direction.
Can you imagine being surrounded by all these beautiful flowers every Sunday before and after church services?
A joyful sight!
The little church on the hill is listed on the National Historic Register.
In comparison, the mountain town of Blowing Rock, which I wrote about Here, only has an elevation of 3,500 to 3,600 feet above sea level. The daytime summer temperatures rarely get above 80 degrees in Blowing Rock, but winters there are much colder and harsher than one would expect in a southern state. Daytime highs can frequently fall into the 20's or lower, and snow, sleet, and freezing rain are all common in the winter months. (Wikipedia)
More Scottish Highlanders came to North Carolina than to any other state and settled predominantly in the flat sandhills of the Cape Fear River Valley. The Scots-Irish came to the mountains via the "Great Wagon Road" from Pennsylvania. They brought with them the folk tales, ballads, farming strategies and some of the vernacular architectural traditions that would come to characterize the Southern Appalachian region. (source)
Scotland County in North Carolina was founded by Scots-Irish and Scottish Highland settlers. The town of Laurinburg in Scotland County hosts an annual Scotland County Highland Games, but the most well-known Scottish Highland Games are held every summer at Grandfather Mountain. I've always wanted to go and I hope one day maybe Hubby and I can go and take Duncan with us. ;)
Does your family have Scots or Scots-Irish heritage? I'll give you a hint -- my mom's maiden name was McGee, and my married name is McGee. I know -- what are the chances, right? Well, I promise you I didn't marry my first cousin, or even my second or third cousin or any cousin at all. Trust me, we checked. :-D Our families came from different parts of North Carolina, but we still get funny looks when I tell people my mother's maiden name. Between our two families, Mr. Forest Manor and I have Scottish, Irish, English, German, and a bit of Native American ancestry.
Do you have a favorite mountain town, either in North Carolina or another state in our beautiful country? As I'm always interested in new places, I'd love to hear from you! Thanks so much for your visit and I hope you have a great weekend!