The Church Moved by the Hand of God

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    Swan Quarter,   NC   27885


Since the late 19th century, Providence United Methodist Church has been known as “The Church Moved by the Hand of God.” Although in the ensuing years the story of this 'miracle' seems to have gotten the actual facts a little mixed up, no one can deny that the simple frame building at the rear of the present brick church seemed to be destined by fate. Somewhat frustrated when their efforts to obtain their chosen site on which to build a church were rebuffed by the land owner, Samuel R. Sadler, the group built on another lot in the village. On September 16, 1876, as their new church was being dedicated, a hurricane hit the village. Reportedly, heavy rains and wind tide pushed in from the Pamlico Sound and flooded the town, until the village and surrounding area were under five feet of water. The winds were strong and relentless, and the new church building was floated off its brick pilings and began the journey which gives the story credence. The church traveled north and then east, eventually reaching the exact piece of property the congregation had earlier attempted to purchase. After turning itself around facing Main Street, the church settled onto this higher piece of ground and remained there. Title to the land was eventually obtained in 1881. The Church Moved by the Hand of God holds regular worship services and the public is invited to attend. The church is one of 10 historic sites on the Hyde County Talking Houses and Historic Places driving tour. These sites are equipped with am radio transmitters which you can tune to from the convenience of your car to learn the history of the area.

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Swan Quarter NC 27885


Latitude: 35° 24' 55.4394" / Longitude: -76° 19' 20.2794"

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