Faith Christian Church
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1862/01/01 to 1862/12/31
Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
Located on Highway 330 in Centreville on Cape Sable Island, NS, the Centreville Church, is a local landmark. It is a large, white building with a tall steeple facing the ocean and is bounded on one side and to the back by a cemetery. The church and the small parcel it sits on are included in the municipal heritage designation given July 4, 1984.
The Centreville Church is valued for its association with the history of the Baptist Church; Rev. Asa McGray; for its role in the community of Centreville; and for its many original features.
Rev. Asa McGray was a Free Will Baptist minister from Maine who came to Cape Sable Island in 1820. Here he established a congregation on Cape Sable Island with the assistance of Rev. Thomas Crowell. Services were held in McGray’s home for many years, which he remodelled at his own cost to accommodate his congregation. McGray served his congregation and community tirelessly and assisted in the building of bridges and schools, and often acted as a doctor and his wife a midwife. McGray died in 1843 and the congregation eventually came under the direction of Rev. E.G. Eaton. Eaton was instrumental in the construction of the church at Centreville in 1862. At this time the church became part of the United Baptist Convention. Rev. McGray’s son Turner McGray donated the land on which the church was constructed.
The church faces the Atlantic Ocean and is situated in close proximity to the shore. When the steeple was added in 1903, the building quickly became a guide for local fishermen. The cemetery surrounding the church, much of which predates the church, contains the stones of many of Cape Sable Island’s earliest residents, including grantee Archelaus Smith, his wife Elizabeth and Reverend Asa McGray.
The church, which comprises elements of the Greek Revival and Gothic Revival styles makes it a local landmark. It is no longer a Baptist Church; however it continues to serve as a church and is known as the Faith Christian Church.
Source: Municipality of the District of Barrington, Municipal Heritage files, Centreville Baptist Church
Character-defining elements of the Centerville Baptist Church relate to its Greek and Gothic Revival styles and include:
- wood frame structure;
- wood shingle cladding;
- gable roof;
- large arched double four-over-over windows with stained glass lozenge panes at top;
- wooden steeple adorned with a crown and hooded Gothic windows;
- small, square stained glass window in rear of church;
- cornice return under eaves;
- entablature across main elevation;
- all original interior elements;
- proximity to ocean;
- bounded by cemetery on two sides.
Local Governments (NS)
Heritage Property Act
Municipally Registered Property
Theme - Category and Type
- Building Social and Community Life
- Religious Institutions
Function - Category and Type
- Religion, Ritual and Funeral
- Religious Facility or Place of Worship
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Cape Sable Historical Society, P.O. Box 67, Barrington Nova Scotia, B0W 1S0
Municipality of Barrington , P.O. Box 100
Barrington NS B0W 1S0
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