Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1825/00/00 Francis Lister Hawks Architect The first three bays of St Matthew's Gothic Revival-style brick church are built between 1825-1826. It has been suggested that the architect may have been Francis Lister Hawks, the grandson of John Hawks and a vestryman of St Matthew's.
1826/05/21 Bishop John Stark Ravenscroft Vocation St Matthew's Episcopal Church building is consecrated by the Right Reverend John Stark Havenscroft, the first Episcopal Bishop of North Carolina.
1827/00/00 Rev William Mercer Green Vocation Reverend William Mercer Green becomes rector of St Matthew's Church, staying until 1837.
1857/02/22 Thomas Ruffin Benefactor Thomas Ruffin gives the parish the land on which the church was already built and provides a cemetery. Bishop Thomas Atkinson wrote to Ruffin, thanking him for his attention to the issue of solemn and reverent disposal of the bodies of the dead.
1868/00/00 An exposed-beam ceiling is built to replace the original flat ceiling and the eastern extension is constructed containing the present chancel.
1870/01/15 Thomas Ruffin Died Thomas Ruffin, Chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, statesman and agriculturist, dies in Hillsborough, North Carolina. He is buried at St Matthew's Churchyard.
1872/04/10 Notable American botanist and musician, Moses Ashley Curtis dies in Hillsborough, North Carolina. He is buried at St Matthew's Churchyard.
1887/02/13 Rev William Mercer Green Died The Right Reverend William Mercer Green dies at his Sewanee, Tennessee home. He is buried beneath St Matthew's altar.

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Particulars for St Matthew's Episcopal Church and Churchyard:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Sight Category Building
Historic Use Cemetery
Building Type Church
Architectural Style Gothic Revival
Historic Use Graves, burials
Criteria Historic Event
Area of Significance Landscape Architecture
Owner Private
Area of Significance Religion
Historic Use Religious Property
Building Attribute Stained Glass

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 24th June 1971

Registry Name: St. Matthew's Episcopal Church and Churchyard
Registry Address: St. Mary's Rd.
Registry Number: 71000614
Resource Type: Building
Owner: Private
Architect: Hawks,Francis Lister
Architectural Style: Gothic revival
Area in Acres: 5
Contributing Buildings: 1
Contributing Sites: 1
Certification: Listed in the National Register
Level of Significance: State
Area of Significance: Landscape architecture, Architecture, Religion
Applicable Criteria: Event, Architecture-Engineering
Criteria Consideration: Religious property
Period of Significance: 1875-1899, 1850-1874, 1825-1849
Significant Year: 1825, 1826, 1850
Historic Function: Religion, Funerary
Historic Sub-Function: Religious structure, Cemetery
Current Function: Religion, Funerary
Current Sub-Function: Religious structure Cemetery

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