Saint Michael and All Angels’ Episcopal Church and Cambridge Township Cemetery
(added 2004 – – #03001550)
11646 Old Monroe Pike, Cambridge Township
Saint Michael and All Angels’ Episcopal Church and cemetery just to the south of the Brick Walker Tavern was consecrated in 1858. History relates that in 1854, Sylvester Walker, owner of the Walker Tavern, helped form a committee dedicated to the building of a church to serve a congregation that had been meeting in people’s homes since the early 1840’s. William Blackmar, who had already given land for a cemetery, said that he would donate hilltop land for one church for the neighborhood. To cause no hard feelings, he proposed that the first person to supply bricks for the new church would be able to choose the denomination. Alonzo Smith’s quick action in procuring the bricks allowed him the right to name the church and he proclaimed that the church would always be “Episcopal”.
Saint Michael’s is one of the oldest churches in Lower Michigan and is on the National List of Historic Places.
- Historic Significance: Architecture/Engineering, Person
- Architectural Style: Gothic Revival
- Historic Person: Lystra, Rev. William N.
- Significant Year: 1838, 1855, 1858
- Area of Significance: Art, Religion, Exploration/Settlement, Architecture
- Period of Significance: 1900-1924, 1875-1899, 1850-1874, 1825-1849
- Owner: Private, Local
- Historic Function: Funerary, Religion
- Historic Sub-function: Cemetery, Religious Structure
- Current Function: Funerary, Religion
- Current Sub-function: Cemetery, Religious Structure
Photo Credit: Notorious4life – https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16468721.