St. John in the Wilderness

Just round the bend from the Sandburg home is the historic church of St. John in the Wilderness. This Episcopal Church is on the National Register of Historic Sites. The congregation began as a pioneer settlement in the early 1800’s in response to a need for a healthier environment for those afflicted with malaria and other illnesses. A chapel was built on the grounds with slaves and whites worshiping in unison.

Church size increased quickly and the church became a community focal point. Due to its location in the mountains many of the Southern aristocracy flocked to the church escaping the summer heat.

The cemetery is well maintained and for those with interest in cemetery and gravestone history it is an excellent place for a visit.

The church is a simple yet beautiful sanctuary with the surrounding grounds offering a cool respite under the shade of many trees.

Church Altar

The church remains active with services on Sunday at 8:45 and 11 a.m.

A healing service is also listed on their brochure on Wednesday 10:30 am in the Parish Hall.

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