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026-0019 Sappony Church

Sappony Church
Photo credit: Jack Zehmer/DHR, 2001

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VLR Listing Date 10/21/1975

NRHP Listing Date 04/30/1976

NRHP Reference Number 76002101

From 1763 to 1801 Sappony Episcopal Church was served by the Rev. Devereux Jarrett, a proponent of Methodism within the Anglican, and later Episcopal church. Jarrett was one of Virginia’s few Anglican clerics to be affected by the Great Awakening. His several religious revivals were described in his Brief Narrative of the Revival of Religion in Virginia (1778). The tombstone of Jarrett and his wife stand inside the Dinwiddie County church. Sappony Church was built in 1725-26 by Edward Colwell. Tradition has it that the building partially collapsed after a service in 1869, but was soon repaired. It was further remodeled in 1896-98. Despite these changes, much colonial fabric, including window sash, paneled wainscoting, and sections of the original pews and communion rail, remains. A rare survival is an early trestle communion table. Although a landmark of American Methodism, Sappony Church has remained in the Bath Episcopal parish and has been designated a shrine church.

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

Updated: January 28, 2022