Good Shepherd Church and Mission
Good Shepherd Church is an historic Roman Catholic church constructed around 1880 in what was then Coalburg, West Virginia (now East Bank). It consists of a five bay, one-story ell with a steeply-pitched gabled roof. Good Shepherd is the oldest Catholic house of worship in the Kanawha Valley, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.
Backstory and Context
On the premises is a concrete Celtic Cross that stands upon earth taken from the ground on which the cottage of St. Patrick stands in Ireland. This was brought back to the church from Ireland by William Seymour Edwards, son of the great naturalist William Henry Edwards. The inscription on the base of the cross reads:
"Presented March 17, 1912 to
The Sons and Daughters of Ireland
In Kanawha County
To Commemorate the Consecration of
The Shamrock Sod Brought From
Saint Patrick's Cottage
In the Gap of Dunlo, Killarny
County Kerry, Ireland
By Mr. and Mrs. William Seymour Edwards"
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