St John's Episcopal Church, Valle Crucis, North Carolina
Valle Crucis is Latin for ' Vale of the Cross ' and is a reference to the tree streams in the town that form the shape of a cross. In the decade before the Civil War, a deacon named William Skiles served as a minister, doctor, and legal advisor to the people of the valley traveling the mountain roads on a mule named Henry. People came to rely on him for spiritual guidance. Skiles led efforts to build St. John's Episcopal Church which was consecrated in 1862. The church still stands and is one of the iconic spirtitual symbols in North Carolina.