St. Paul's Episcopal Church


Episcopal In 1844, six local citizens set aside a sizeable parcel of land near the center of town for an Episcopal church, but it took more than two decades to raise the funds to build it. Since its dedication in 1867, St. Paul's has been in continuous use as an Episcopal church. The structure is based on a design by the renowned British draftsman, Robert Upjohn. Soon after he immigrated to America, Upjohn published a book of church designs which became quite popular among frontier congregations. Buying his book became a license to use one of his plans, and in a short period of time these simple church structures dotted the frontier landscape.

The first priest to serve the St. Paul's congregation was Rev. William Dresser, the son of Rev. Charles Dresser who had married Mary Todd and Abraham Lincoln in Springfield.