Sykesville Things to Do
St. Barnabus has a graveyard surrounding the church. Its not very large but still interesting. I am fascinated by old graveyards in rural communities. From the pictures you can see that some of tombstones have shifted in the ground with age. I am sure there are ghost stories the local residence would love to share with you. Many of the older rural communities in central Maryland have seen such stories attached to their history.
James Sykes, founder of Sykesville donated the land where the St. Barnabus Episcopal Church is located. It was built in 1850. I love to see old churches in the country. This one sits on a hill all alone just outside of the main area of Sykesville. If you are at the train station follow Forsythe Road out of town and up a hill to find the church.
The church's cornerstone was laid during the Feast of ST. Barnabus in June of 1850. The chapel was completed and consecrated December 11,1851. The church has been in continuous use since it was built. Today the church has been restored to its original architecture. According to the churchs website the altar and windows are all original, as well as most of the woodwork and hardware.
The Staint Barnabus Parrish House is located on the main street of Sykesville. There is a sign attached t o the building saying 1771. I am not sure about the date though. The land for St. Barnabus Episcopal Church was not donated until 1850. The house may have been used for something else before becoming the parrish house. But like several other things in Sykesville it difficult to get the dates clear.
7514 Norwood Avenue, Sykesville, Maryland, United States
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