This brick church was built in 1846 and is called St. Mark's Episcopal Church. The bell from the Bangor Church was saved after that fire that burnt the original Episcopal Church in 1845 and called Bangor Parish and was placed in St. Mark's.
Morris Hudson, one of Coalsmouth’s first settlers, had the
first church services in Coalsmouth. He had church in his home as early as 1814
and in 1825 built a brick church for the Episcopalians along the James River and Kanawha
Turnpike on what would be later be Walnut Street and Kanawha
Terrace. A minister often came there from Ft. Lee (Charleston) to hold services.
Some families that worshiped here were the Washingtons, Philip Thompson’s
family and the Hudsons...all being the first families to settle here. When this
Bangor Church, also called
Bangor Parrish, burned in 1845, the family of Philip Rootes Thompson gave the
land and the bricks for a new church building on B Street along the
Coal River. This was built in
1846 and called St. Mark's Episcopal Church. The bell from the Bangor Church was saved after
that fire and was placed in St. Mark's.
During the Civil
War, Union troops used the building as a barracks and hospital. They
used the pews and floor boards for firewood. Then the Union troops used the building
as a stable, knocking out the back wall. After the war, the parishioners
(church members) mended the roof and rebuilt the back wall and floor. They also
placed planks across barrels for seats and boarded up the windows. Not until
1915 did the Federal Government give the church money for the damages caused by
the Union troops. The little brick building is still used occasionally today.