St. Luke's Church (Blue Ridge, Georgia)
The church is popularly known as "The Parish Church of the Mountains", drawing worshippers from Fannin, Gilmer and Union Counties in Georgia and from Cherokee County in North Carolina and Polk County in Tennessee.
The first Anglican service in Blue Ridge was held on 7 June 1987 in the community room of the Blue Ridge City Hall, with 12 persons present. Several weeks after weekly services began, Mrs. David Henry (Willa) Haight III gave several lots near the city center for the construction of a church. One of the lots included a cemetery from the early 20th century containing graves of early setters of Fannin County.
In 1995, a church of Carpenter Gothic design was constructed on the site located at the corner of Ewings and Jones. The building has a set of leaded glass windows, much fine walnut woodwork and an organ from The Netherlands. The church and grounds are popular with tourists.
The Rev. Victor H. Morgan, a native of Jackson, Mississippi, was the founding Rector.
Blue Ridge is the county seat of Fannin County, Georgia. The town was incorporated by an act of the Georgia Legislature on October 24, 1887. In 1895, the county seat was relocated from Morganton to Blue Ridge.
Prior to incorporation, the Marietta and North Georgia Railroad was built through what is now the town center.
- St Luke's Blue Ridge website
- Episcopal Missionary Church website
- Federation of Anglican Churches in the Americas website
- Anglican Communion Network website
- Anglican Communion website
- Common Cause Appalachia website
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