A Long and Venerable History
St. Philip’s was founded in 1883, in the wake of the Civil War, when members of an earlier Episcopal congregation at Dunn’s Rock (St. Paul’s in the Valley) sought a permanent place of worship to be located in the town of Brevard. After serving primarily as a summer church for visitors from the Low Country, St. Philip’s grew throughout the first half of the 20th century and soon became a year-round church home for its ever-enlarging flock.
The original wooden frame building, located on the current site, was destroyed by fire on Christmas Day in 1925. Its replacement, the distinctive hand-cut stone church that graces Main Street, was designed by North Carolina architect Louis Humbert Asbury and built by local stone masons and woodworkers in 1926. An example of the Normanesque Revival style prevalent in Europe at the time, it features a two-story bell tower, a marble cross over the entry door, and Gothic Revival details in the interior. We are proud to note that our church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Eventually, two additions to the church were constructed to provide a larger parish hall, reception parlor, choir rooms, classrooms and a youth activity center, with updates and renovations continuing to this day.
St. Paul's-in-the-Valley Cemetery
St. Paul's-in-the-Valley burials date to the middle 1850s. The graveyard has been naturally maintained and has been cited as one of the most beautiful in the South. There are two Civil War veterans buried here, one Confederate and one Union, as well as veterans of WWI, WWII, and the Korean conflict. There are also slaves buried in the cemetery, their graves marked by rough stones, and known only to God
Today lots are limited to communicants of the parish and, with most burials being in the form of cremation, the seven-plus acre site will long serve our community.
Who We Are Today
Our historic stone church is strong and solid. But it's the people INSIDE who make our parish special.
As a community, we share our joys and heartaches, our personal struggles and achievements, our hopes and dreams. Get to know us and you'll find people who are friendly and fun, warm and generous, curious and questioning. Just like YOU.
We are a very active parish, with 70 ongoing ministries that serve people both locally and around the world.
The individuals who make up our church community are diverse and our attitude is inclusive, encompassing a broad spectrum of world views, life experiences, theological perspectives, and spiritual practices. This encourages us to learn from one another and to grow individually and together. And we encourage YOU to think for yourself. We don't tell you (or anyone else) what to believe.
We practice faithful and generous stewardship in our community with great enthusiasm and joy.