Christ Church of Lower Kickapoo

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Christ Church
Christ Church Limestone
Christ Church Limestone.jpg
Church and graveyard, 2011
Christ Church is located in Peoria County, Illinois
Christ Church
Christ Church
Location in Peoria County, Illinois
40°42′25″N 89°43′00″W / 40.70701°N 89.71675°W / 40.70701; -89.71675Coordinates: 40°42′25″N 89°43′00″W / 40.70701°N 89.71675°W / 40.70701; -89.71675
LocationLimestone Township, Peoria County, Illinois
CountryUnited States
DenominationAnglican Church in North America
Previous denominationEpiscopal Church
Founded1834 (1834)
CompletedDecember 10, 1845 (1845-12-10)
DioceseDiocese of Quincy (ACNA)

The Christ Church of Lower Kickapoo, also known as Christ Church Limestone or the Old Stone Church, is in Limestone Township, Peoria County, Illinois[1] near Norwood, Illinois.[2] It is included in the National Register of Historic Places of the United States.[3]


The congregation began at what is now Norwood (formerly Jones Hollow), by English and Welsh immigrants in 1834.[4] Philander Chase, the first Bishop of the Diocese of Illinois, accepted the congregation into the Diocese informally in early Fall of 1836. The parish was formally received into the Diocese of Illinois in 1838. At this time, services were still held in parishioners' homes.

The church was constructed by church members primarily from local materials in the architectural style of their homelands. The cornerstone was laid on May 17, 1844 and the finished structure was consecrated on December 10, 1845. Limestone for the construction was quarried from a nearby creek and the gated pews were hewn from local walnut. By way of a letter writing campaign directed to Queen Adelaide, Queen Victoria is considered a donor towards the cost of the construction of the primary building. As a result, the church bell was donated for her Silver Jubilee celebration in 1887. The bell tower was constructed in 1889.

Formerly an Episcopal congregation, Christ Church Limestone is now a member of the Anglican Church, Diocese of Quincy.


  1. ^ "Christ Church Limestone celebrates its 170th anniversary in 2015". Peoria County, Illinois Genealogy Trails. Genealogy Trails. 2011. Retrieved 2017-09-30.
  2. ^ Scholarly Press (31 December 1997). Encyclopedia of Illinois. Scholarly Press, Incorporated. p. 393. ISBN 978-0-403-09868-2. Retrieved 4 October 2012.
  3. ^ "Illinois Department of Transportation" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-05-29. Retrieved 2012-10-05.
  4. ^ Burdette, Robert. "Christ Church Limestone: A Brief History".