Among the earliest surviving landmarks of the new county seat is this splendid church that continues the Greek Revival as a national style; fittingly, its cornerstone was laid on the national holiday July 4, 1854. The facade is made memorable by two principal elements: the massive Doric portico of fluted wood columns screening a stucco and stone front whose details recall the work of McArthur's master, Thomas Ustick Walter, at Andalusia ( BU2); and a superb cylindrical tower surmounted by a gilded dome that is in turn ornamented with a gilded shooting star as a weathervane.
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