Ive been thinking for awhile that it would be interesting to do a little ride and combine my interest in riding, history, the South and the Episcopal Church and so I spent some time planning my route with all of the above in mind. My plan is to start out bright and early Saturday morning from my home base (Huntsville, Alabama ) and home church, The Church of the Nativity in downtown Huntsville and do my best to visit historic churches in Pulaski, Columbia, Spring Hill, Franklin, Nashville, Murfreesboro, Tullahoma, Winchester and Fayeteville all in one day ! Of course I hope to see other historic points of interest along the way, but there wont be much time to linger. The Church of the Nativity is located in the Twickenham Historic District in downtown Huntsville on the corner of Greene and Eustis Avenue about a block from the courthouse square and is one of three or four beautiful historic churches all located within a few blocks of one another. (If you are interested, check out First Methodist Church on the corner of Greene and Randolph, The Church of Christ on Randolph and First Prebsysterian on the corner of Gates and Lincoln Street.) The Church of Nativity is a beautiful Gothic Revival style brick structure built in 1859 to replace the original building built next door in 1847 and was inspired when in 1856 Henry Lay; the Priest, visited Mobile and saw the construction of the Trinity Episcopal Church designed by Frank Wills and Henry Dudley. The current structure was built in the Gothic Revival style and completed in 1859. It is noted as one of the most pristine examples of Ecclesiastical Gothic Architecture in the South and is one of the least altered structures by Architect Frank Wills and one of only thirteen surviving houses of worship designed by him in the United States. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1990 and is currently undergoing a massive renovation and restoration project which includes glorious copper roofs and steeple and historically accurate interior preservation. So here are a few photos of my home church , the inspiration for my travels tomorrow.... First an older black and white view from the 1970s I think... And a few photos taken pre-ride that show the glorious copper work on the steeple and some of the roofs and scaffolding in place to finish the main roof copper work.... truly a beautiful church... If all goes as hoped... I will spend the day tomorrow logging about 300 miles and stopping often in those small Southern towns to learn more about their history and particularly to learn more about historic Episcopal Churches in each of those communities.... Wish me luck... It looks like it will be a scorcher !!