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001-0040 St. George's Episcopal Church

St. George's Episcopal Church
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VLR Listing Date 06/02/1970

NRHP Listing Date 09/15/1970

NPS property number 70000781

Known as Pungoteague Church until 1800 when its name was changed to St. George’s to conform to its parish name, this much-changed building is the only colonial church remaining in Accomack County. According to the vestry book, the church was built by Severn Guttridge in 1763. It originally had a Latin cross plan with a hipped gambrel roof and a rounded apse which resulted in the early nickname “Ace of Clubs Church.” Abandoned in 1812 but later restored, the building was so mutilated by Union troops during the Civil War that only the north and south walls—the ends of the transepts—could be salvaged in 1880 when it was rehabilitated. The south wall, now the present façade, survives as one of the state’s most beautiful examples of glazed-header Flemish-bond brickwork.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated April 4, 2018