Founded in 1966, the North Randolph Historical Society seeks to ensure the preservation of St. Paul Methodist Episcopal Church and Randolph County’s rich history by collecting, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting archival materials and physical artifacts associated not only with the history of northern Randolph County, but also with the larger Randolph County community. “Click” on “Activities“ for a listing of programs and when the museum will be open. Check out our gift shop, history page, and donate page. As always, we welcome your comments. (See “Contact Us” page)
St. Paul Museum Studied by UNCG Department of Interior Architecture
In March, a graduate class from the Department of Interior Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, headed by Professor Jo Leimenstoll, M. Arch., visited the St. Paul Museum. The purpose of the visit was to study the museum through photographs, architectural plans and interior sections. The class also carried out a conditions assessment of the building. Furthermore, they created a digital rendering of the trompe l’oeil murals on the north wall to highlight the artwork of Jule Gilmer Körner and present what it may have looked like in its original state. This study also included a virtual 360° view of the sanctuary interior.
In the Conditions Assessment, it was noted that the overall deterioration of the interior of St. Paul’s Church is minimal, and is mostly caused by weathering and natural causes, due to lack of maintenance for an extended period of time. (Note that the building was abandoned from 1951 until 1966.) This has caused moisture to infiltrate the building, and cause damage to the plaster and paint on the walls and windows. Additionally, the building may have suffered from excessive weight on non-load bearing walls, contributing to the deterioration. Click on the link to view the Conditions Assessment. St. Paul’s Church Architectural Study
The class also completed a 360º virtual tour of the museum. (Click “Here”) (Note that this is not to scale, does not show the contents of the museum, and only the north wall is shown with the trompe l’oeil murals completed by Jule Körner.)
In addition to Professor Leimenstoll, we would also like to thank the following students for their hard work in this study: Christopher Ford, Isabel Leon Villasmil, Carolina Marty Matos, Jessica M. Ocasio, Mélia Soulier Parizel, and Christopher Vann,
Annual “Cemetery Walk” Rained Out!
Mother Nature brought us some much needed rain but unfortunately it washed out our annual cemetery walk. However, we have rescheduled this program for October 15, 2017. We will be open from 2:30 – 4:30pm. (Again no rain date)
St. Paul Restoration Project
One of the goals of the North Randolph Historical Society is to not only preserve the church but to restore it to its former glory. Jule Gilmer Körner (Ruben Rink), a well-known North Carolina artist of the day, painted the walls of the sanctuary with beautiful and airy designs of draperies, columns, the 10 commandments, and the Lord’s Prayer. The North Randolph Historical Society wants to restore the beauty of these paintings so we have hired Mr. Andrew Compton, an architectural paint conservator, who has worked at the U.S. Capitol and at George Washington’s home at Mount Vernon. Mr. Compton has finished restoring the apse of the church and has started restoration of the walls on either side of the apse. He has discovered 22K gold leaf under many layers of paint and in the video presentation of Mr. Compton’s work, you will note the dramatic difference where he has restored a small area surrounding one of the painted columns on the wall. (NOTE: Because of the size of the church, the lighting for this video was a “challenge”.) Click “Here” for the video.
St. Paul Museum Celebrated Its 50th Anniversary
St. Paul celebrated its 50th Anniversary of the founding of the North Randolph Historical Society. Louise Hudson, one of the founders of our society, spoke about the history of the St. Paul Church and about the history of our society and its many accomplishments. Click “Here” for story about St. Paul church that appeared in the June 12th Courier-Tribune newspaper.
Museum Matters: The fascination of old cemeteries
Few can deny the charm of old cemeteries, particularly those connected with long-standing churches. While the variety of tombstones will catch the eye, a walk among them will provide both information, local history and even the occasional mystery. Such is the case with the St. Paul cemetery in Randleman. The following is a story of our cemetery written by society member Peggy Woodlief. (“Click Here”)
St. Paul Now Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
The St. Paul Museum is now registered in the National Register of Historic Places which is a list of properties that are significant in American history, architecture, archaeology and culture. We are proud of this recognition and thank the many people involved in this effort. (Click “here” for Asheboro Courier-Tribune article)
Pictures from the past
The St. Paul Museum recently received some pictures and we need your help if you can identify where they were photographed. You can view the pictures on our ‘Picture Gallery‘ page. If you are able to help, please send contact us as shown on the ‘Contact‘ page.