Tired of having to meet in a variety of locations Sunday after Sunday, the Methodist community in the Hyde County town of Swan Quarter decided to build a church. Unfortunately, the owner of the town lot they wanted would not sell it. Finally in 1874, land was purchased outside the town. On September 16, 1876, the newly-built church was dedicated. Unbeknownst to the parishioners, a hurricane was approaching, and it struck the night of the dedication. Zepke describes the events of that night in which the church was set afloat and finally came to rest on the piece of property the parishioners originally wanted.