St. George’s Episcopal Church – LeMars, IA
N 42° 47.279 W 096° 09.902
14T E 731873 N 4741169
Quick Description: St. George’s Episcopal Church was named for patron St. George, a Christian soldier martyred in Palestine in 303 A.D.
Location: Iowa, United States
Date Posted: 8/30/2011 7:17:39 AM
Waymark Code: WMCEVY
St. George’s Episcopal Church was named for patron St. George, a Christian soldier martyred in Palestine in 303 A.D. Formerly known as Grace Mission, the church was founded in 1872 nearly a decade before LeMars became an official town. The worship center was built in 1881 to serve the influx of English and Scotch pioneers.
English traditions are still observed by this small but faithful congregation: the Epiphany dinner with the Twelfth Night cake featuring a thimble, ring and dime; the use of apples and oranges in Christimas decorating; and the blessing of pets each spring. Queen Victoria’s Jubilee service was re-enacted at the church’s centennial in 1981. St. George’s Episcopal Church was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976 (#76000797).
400 1st Avenue
LeMars, IA USA
County / Borough / Parish: Plymouth
Year listed: 1976
Historic (Areas of) Significance: Event
Periods of significance: 1875-1899
Historic function: Religion
Current function: Religion
Privately owned?: yes
Primary Web Site: [Web Link]
Season start / Season finish: Not listed
Hours of operation: Not listed
Secondary Website 1: Not listed
Secondary Website 2: Not listed
National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed
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