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002-0705 Cove Presbyterian Church

Cove Presbyterian Church
Photo credit: Mike Pulice/DHR, 2010

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VLR Listing Date 04/18/1989

NRHP Listing Date 11/02/1989

NRHP Reference Number 89001935

The congregation of this rural Cove Presbyterian Church traces its origins to 1747 when Presbyterians arrived in the southern Albemarle County region. Its first church was a simple log structure, which was replaced by a brick building in 1809. The brick church was severely damaged by a storm in 1880, which necessitated significant rebuilding. Many of the original bricks were used in the repairs to the walls and a steep new roof was constructed. The resulting edifice is a picturesque example of late-19th century rural Gothic Revival architecture, essentially unaltered from the time of its completion. The interior preserves many of its original fittings and furnishings including interesting exposed roof trusses and a rear gallery—all that was left of an original three-sided gallery following the storm damage. The Cove Presbyterian Church continues to serve the Covesville area Presbyterians.

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

Updated: December 24, 2022