Professor Weir designed the church and although he was not a wealthy man, contributed some of the $6,000 he received after painting the "Embarkation of the Pilgrims" in the Rotunda of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. Though the building was not complete, our historical records begin in 1841, but the building of the church was not started until 1842. It took four years to complete and was consecrated on July 1, 1847. Alfred Thayer Mahan was the first to be baptized in 1841, the first communion class consisted of Robert W. Weir and Dennis Mahan, father of the first baptized child; and Professor Weir's wife and infant daughter were buried from the church in 1845.
The peculiar positioning of the church in relation to Main Street is that when plotting the building, Professor Weir. placed it on an arc of a great circle passing longitudinally through the middle of the building and the city of Jerusalem. As you face the altar, you are looking in the straightest possible line directly toward Jerusalem. The church was built of native stone, quarried on the spot, as well as the baptismal font. A single bronze bell, forged in Rome, New York, was placed in the bell tower before the roof was put on, and that bell called parishioners to Sunday service until 1981 when a Memorial Carillon was installed in the bell tower.
The original building is in the form of a cross, with the main entrance to the right of the altar, and over the door on the outside is the dedication of the Church of the Holy Innocents, "To the Honour and Glory of God, Amen."
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