it remembered that on the 26th day of May, A. D. 1817, the Rev.
Philander Chase, late Rector of Christ Church, Hartford, State of
Connecticut, preached and performed Divine Service in the town of
Circleville, according to the Liturgy of the Protestant Episcopal
Church in the United States of America. After which he explained
his purpose in coming to the State of Ohio and the success in which
has attended his labors, in collecting and organizing Churches to
the Glory of God and the good of men’s souls.”
Thus begins the history
of the Little Church on the Mound (Mt. Gilboa)...
The present St. Philip’s
church was consecrated in 1868. It still has its gas fixtures, walnut
pews, woodwork and some of the original stained glass windows. The
windows being the three tall, narrow windows visible
in the façade on Mound Street. The parish hall was added in 1917 and
the rectory was bequeathed to St. Philip’s in 1947 by Mrs.
Georgia Hoffman James.
Philip’s Church is the oldest church building in continuous
use in Pickaway County.
Philip's gothic edifice is on the
National Register of Historic Places
St. Philip's handsome Rectory