New Prospect Church

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New Prospect Church is in the Blue Ridge Mountains, on a one-acre parcel near the Peaks of Otter in Bedford County. In 1880, local residents built this vernacular, Greek Revival-style, weatherboard-clad, frame church on a rise overlooking Sheep Creek. This gable-fronted church, with a steeply pitched, metal-clad roof, and six-over-six wood-sash windows, rests on a stone foundation with most of its original fabric intact. The original pews, still in use, were built in-situ and pegged to the floor. The original lamps hang from the ceiling of the New Prospect Church, and were converted to electricity in 1948. A wood stove still heats this one-room, Baptist church, that served the rural mountain community since it opened both of its doors in 1880.

Last Updated: February 21, 2024

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

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