Little Fork Church

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Built in 1774-76 by William Phillips for St. Mark’s Parish, Little Fork Church is one of the Piedmont’s few colonial houses of worship. The rural Culpeper County church replaced an earlier wooden structure that burned. The parish vestry records contain a note dated March 17, 1776, which states a payment of £5.0.0. to Edward Voss “for two plans of the brick Church.” They also note payments in tobacco to William Phillips as “undertaker” of the building. In a beautiful rural setting, the rectangular church, eighty feet in length, is distinguished by its spreading hipped roof, fine brickwork, and arched windows. Although used as a stable by Union troops during the Civil War, the church retains much original interior trim, including an impressive architectural altarpiece featuring a broken pediment with Doric entablature and pilasters. Little Fork remains an active Episcopal church in Culpeper County.

Last Updated: February 14, 2024

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

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