There will be other pictures of staircases and as is the case in just about every building and church we have photographed that were built in the late 1880's and early 1900's the wood work is truly works of art.
In the basement
Remember this from Part 1?
Notice at the back. That wall in the center with the two identical framed designs on them. Originally, the bottom portion, the square framed sections were movable walls. In this case the two lower portions would lower into the basement allowing the sanctuary to be enlarged when they had a overflow crowd.
In a email from Dr. Robin Sayre-Pietryk, whose family are members of this church: "I don't know who is taking you around, but something that always fascinated me was in the basement furnace area. I don't know if it is true or something I missed understood when my Dad told me, but in the Sanctuary the walls at the back were supposed to be able to open. In the basement, near the underground dirt area were cables or something that my Dad told me would open those walls. Maybe my Dad was pulling my leg or I just missed understood what he was saying. The bell tower was always scary to me also." Dr. Robin Pietryk, Head Women's Volleyball Coach, North Carolina Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount, NC 27804.
The walls did open. They were lowered into the basement. The picture above and the following 7 pictures show the equipment that made this happen.
The next 5 pictures shows the equipment that would lower the wall on the left when standing at the front of the Sanctuary facing the back of the room.
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