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St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Weyanoke, LA

This was a "plantation church" built in the 1850s for the families of the local plantations to attend. When the highway to the nearest large town (St. Francisville) was built in the 1920s, and as automobile ownership became more common, membership stared to drop, and the church was deconsecrated in the 1940s. There's been some talk of restoring it, and the roof was replaced when a tree fell on it in the 1980s, but I was there in March and didn't see signs of anything being done. I believe there is still one mass every year celebrated there, but I forget what day it is.

It's private property and the road is gated, but no one bothered me while I was there. I parked by the side of the road, slipped through the gate bars (luckily pretty wide), and walked about a quarter of a mile. The church wasn't locked.

This is what it looks like from where I parked:
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I think a group is maybe keeping it up a little, because it seems like otherwise it would have been overrun with vines by now:
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There are a few patches of plaster on the walls but it's mostly bare brick:
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