Save St. Bartholomew's
A Little Bit Of History
St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church was one of the first churches built after the
great storm of 1896, and is today the oldest church standing in High Springs, Fl.
with continuous services. The church property, two blocks from the center of
town was deeded to the Protestant Episcopal Church on June 23, 1885,
by George E. Foster.
On September 29, 1896, a hurricane roared in from the Gulf of Mexico near
Cedar Key, Fl., spawning a tornado which severely damaged the City of
High Springs and destroyed many stores, homes and churches.
English workmen were brought to High Springs to work on the railroad
and these men, together with the townspeople, gathered after work hours
and in their free time to cut and hew timbers from storm toppled pine trees.
These timbers were used to construct the church, pews, altar rails and altar.
St. Bartholomew's was built in the Carpenter Gothic style designed and
popularized by Richard Upjohn, an English architect who came to the
United States in the early 1800's and specialized in the design of rural
The Overall Goal
After a hundred and twenty four years our beloved little chapel is in much
need of repairs. We want to preserve this landmark treasure for future
generations and for all those living or visiting High Springs, FL.
The following repairs to St. Bartholomew’s will be needed In four phases:
Phase 1: Repair the foundation
Phase 2: Inspect and if necessary repair roof
Phase 3: Seal and repair openings and or cracks inside and out
Phase 4: Remove old exterior paint and repaint
We Need Your Help
We need to raise $20,000 for phase 1.
Maybe 200 people can give $100 each? We'll happily receive whatever amount
you have in your heart to contribute. Every little bit helps. Together, with your support,
we can preserve this Gothic treasure. All donations are tax deductible.
Please Help Now by sending your check payable to:
St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church
PO Box 906
High Springs, FL. 32655