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Historic St. Margaret's Episcopal Church Suddenly Closes

9:38 PM, Mar 11, 2012   |    comments
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FLEMING ISLAND, Fla. -- It's a dramatic sight at one of the United States' historic landmarks. St Margaret's Episcopal Church is closed on a Sunday, not a person in sight.

The church dates back to the 1800s and this was one of the oldest wooden church still in operation in America. Not anymore, as the Episcopal Diocese of Florida decided to shut it down.

Last Sunday was the final day for services at the church in Hibernia.

"I'm shocked. It just seems rather sudden," said Judy Pinkava.

First Coast News obtained the email sent out by Bishop Sam Howard. He said the church is "no longer sustainable as a parish."

Charles Wagoner is a former member of the church.

"I kinda saw it coming. Over the past few years, the member base went from around 300 to 50 right now," he said.

Signs posted at the church office direct people to other churches in the area. But for a site filled with so much history, people are sad to see it end like this.

"It's really sad. A lot of good memories were here. A lot of good people," Wagoner said.

The church declined comment on Friday, except to confirm the church is closed. In the letter, the bishop said he hopes the church might reopen in the future.

First Coast News

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