Houses of the Holy

Churches have played many roles in western North Carolina. During the week, they once drew children from miles around to attend school. On Saturdays, they became community centers for potlucks and dances. And on Sundays, parishioners still gather to worship, answering the call of the church bell’s peal.

Peace in the Uwharries

On one joy-filled Sunday every August, a quiet church comes to life. There, descendants of two African American families celebrate a shared heritage that dates to a 19th-century Randolph County community rooted in faith and bound by family ties.