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009-0178 Thomas Methodist Episcopal Chapel

Thomas Methodist Episcopal Chapel
Photo credit: Mike Pulice/DHR, 2020

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VLR Listing Date 06/16/2004

NRHP Listing Date 08/11/2004

NRHP Reference Number 04000844

Associated with the Virginia Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, the Thomas Methodist Episcopal Chapel is a rare surviving example of a formally designed, small, temple-form church. Prominent rural Bedford County citizens had it constructed in 1844 by local craftsmen in a vernacular Greek Revival style. It remains a one-story, one-room, rectangular-plan, brick building with a three-bay façade and a pedimented front-gable roof. The setting of the church and the view from the churchyard also are remarkable. The impressive Peaks of Otter loom large above the small, partially wooded knoll on which the chapel is situated. The area remains sparsely populated to this day, leaving the surrounding landscape unspoiled, and the Thomas Methodist Episcopal Chapel’s association with the distant past remains intact.

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

Updated: September 6, 2022