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017-5015 Dinwiddie Presbyterian Church and Cemetery

Dinwiddie Presbyterian Church and Cemetery
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 12/06/2006

NRHP Listing Date 03/30/2007

NPS property number 07000228

Dinwiddie Presbyterian Church is one of the six Childress rock-faced churches located in the Virginia counties of Floyd, Carroll, and Patrick, built between 1919 and the early 1950s by Presbyterian minister Robert W. Childress. The six churches are significant in their embodiment of Appalachian patterns of Presbyterian religious worship and Presbyterian social activism in western Virginia. The churches also tell the story of the remarkable ministry of Robert W. Childress, who brought spiritual faith and social awakening to the people of the central portion of the Blue Ridge Province in Virginia. The church stands the farthest distance from the original Buffalo Mountain church, 13 miles northwest. It was built of local fieldstone in 1948, with Childress and local citizen Richard Slate directing the construction without architects or plans. The associated cemetery is bounded by fieldstone pillars matching the church.


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

Updated September 19, 2018