Established 1899

Built in 1899, St. Francis Episcopal Church is considered to be one of the finest examples of Gothic Revival architecture in western North Carolina.

Col. Franklin Coxe built the church as a memorial to his parents, Francis Sidney Coxe and Jane McBee Alexander Coxe, who are buried in the nearby Rutherfordton City Cemetery. Originally there were 6 memorial windows in the church and it was written that the memorial windows could only be used for the Coxe family. Around 1934 the church added an addition that almost doubled its size.  Two remaining Coxe sisters, Miss Maude Coxe and Daisy Coxe Wright, purchased three memorial windows crafted by Louis C. Tiffany Co. of New York City.  Miss Maude Coxe passed away in 1939 leaving a trust fund for the church. Daisy also established a trust fund for the church at this time, and even tried to stipulate that the priest should be a "southern man" in the trust agreement.

Today, the church is still thriving and a favorite spot for prom and wedding photos.  It's beautiful landscape and stone construction transport you back to medieval times and produce some of the most gorgeous pictures you have ever seen.