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Clinton, Louisiana – St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church – “Carpenter Gothic”

7 Sep

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church (1871) is a Good Expample of a "Carpenter Gothic" Church in Louisiana

When one passes through Clinton, Louisiana, it is easy to miss the many historical and architectural jewels that this town has to offer. There is the historic courthouse in the center of town that catches everyone’s attention and other buildings that can be seen along the traveled highways through town.  It only takes a few minutes to get off the beaten path and to turn up some sights that one would never expect to see.

The Marston House, churches, old schools, Sillman Institute, The Confederate Cemetery and other places are there for those that do a little exploring.  One unique church has been providing “atmosphere” in Clinton since 1871.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church sits atop a small hill. Although it is in a small built up area St. Andrews commands the view and gives the impression of an isolated rural church.  The church even retains the original stained glass.  It is very beautiful in its rural setting with blooming trees and flowering bushes and tall pines dotting the grounds.

St. Andrew’s can best be described as an example of “Carpenter Gothic.”  “Carpenter Gothic” was popular in America, especially for rural churches in the middle of the 19th century. Popular is a relative term in that the style was not used that much in Louisiana.  Perhaps there are a half dozen examples in the whole state.

St. Andrew’s Church expresses itself quietly and beautifully in its setting.  Completely made of wood,  its light members and vertical proportions, in addition to being Gothic, are considered to be in keeping with wood construction..  The structure presents itself in the proper proportions and in no way does it suggest a massive and heavy style.

A visit to the grounds of this church is a “spiritual” experience.  Not spiritual in the religious sense but in the sense that the mind and heart are indeed brought to a higher level and all it takes is to roam around the grounds – one doesn’t even have to think about things – which is a hard thing to do when you visit here.

Rosedale, Louisiana – Church of the Nativity – Syrup Mill – Homes

3 Sep

Church of the Nativity - Episcopal Church - Rosedale, Louisiana

Rosedale is just one of those places.  You find yourself there and are not really sure why you are there nor how you got there.  Thus it is with many places in Louisiana.  They are just off the beaten path so to speak.

Although Rosedale is a small place there are some things around that make one think that the place at one time was much more active than it is today.  I mean active in a community sense.  Rosedale is situated on the banks of Bayou Grosse Tete and that has to count for something. The bayou served as the main artery of transportation before highways were established. Still this place is interesting.  There are older homes and businesses along the bayou.  Some of these are being claimed by the vegetation along the bayou but many nice and interesting homes and churches and structures exist as one explores up and down the bayou.

Built in 1859 a Civil War Skirmish was Fought on the Grounds in 1864

One of those interesting places is The Church of the Nativity.  It is a small Gothic style Chapel that was built in 1859.  It must have been a place of some note as Bishop Leonidas Polk consecrated the small Episcopal Church on April 22, 1860.  Some remember the fighting Bishop from Louisiana during the War Between the States.  He was killed in 1864 during the Atlanta Campaign – and I have seen his bust on the Confederate Memorial in Greenwood Cemetery in New Orleans.  It was also in 1864 that a skirmish was fought in Rosedale.  In fact it was fought on the grounds of the church.  It is hard to envision that happening as today the church reminds me of a land of fairies. It is just such a calm, comfortable and beautiful setting.

Home in Rosedale On Bayou Grosse Tete

Homes of all types can be found along the bayou near Rosedale and I have included some photos of a couple.  On my last visit I also spotted an old smoke stack along the bayou and as of yet I have not tried to find out why it is there.  It just seems that it belongs there so no big deal.

Shotgun Type Home More Commonly Found Around Rosedale

Now one place that I stumbled upon was an old syrup mill.  When I look at the photo I can smell the smoke and taste the syrup. I can also envision that hundreds of cans of syrup must have been produced here every year – in the not so distant past.  I can imagine the cane carts and wagons that must have been around this place during the cool and wet winter days.  The sucrose content of the cane goes up in cooler weather.  A frost can really help to make the cane sweeter as long as it doesn’t kill the stalks.  I bet the roads were busy then too.  In my mind I can see the bustle associated with Rosedale in the past.  It is mostly a “sleepy” place now but the bayou and the church and the houses and other things around there can sure stir up the imagination.  That makes a visit to this place worthwhile.

Abandoned Syrup Mill in Rosedale Along the Banks of Bayou Grosse Tete