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What is the oldest church in New Hanover County?

Ben Steelman

Lebanon Chapel, originally known was built in 1835 by Dr. Thomas Henry Wright for the use of families in Wrightsville, Greenville [Map this] Sound, Masonboro and Middle Sound area.

Today, it is surrounded by Airlie Gardens, 300 Airlie Road, Wilmington [Map this]. Deeded by the Wright family to St. James Parish, Lebanon Chapel is now tended by St. James Episcopal Church of Wilmington, which conducts regular services there during the summer, Advent, Eastertide and Thanksgiving seasons. A small cemetery adjoins the chapel.

Lebanon Chapel is not regularly open to the open, but tour groups are occasionally allowed to visit, and St. James leases the property for weddings and special services.

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