The oldest protestant church in Florida, Trinity Episcopal Parish was established in 1821, shortly after Florida became a U.S. territory.
In 1895, the church was outmoded, too small and in poor condition. Church leaders began a six-year effort to raise funds and obtain plans to enlarge the structure. Work began in 1902 on a neo-gothic structure that would seat more than 500 parishioners.
The church houses 28 of the oldest stained glass windows in the Episcopal Diocese of Florida. Beginning in 1859, windows depicting religious symbols and biblical scenes have been placed at Trinity Episcopal including a 1902 Tiffany-style angel and Jesus in the Garden of Gesthemane, a work created by Franz Mayer & Sons in Munich, Germany and dedicated in 1956. Although a beautiful reminder of the tenets of Christianity, in the 17th century, they served a very real purpose. The scenes depicted in the stained glass were used to explain the meaning of scripture and religious symbols since most people could not read.
Visitors can tour the church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information, call 904-824-2876.