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036-0001 Abingdon Church

Abingdon Church
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VLR Listing Date 07/07/1970

NRHP Listing Date 09/15/1970

NPS property number 70000796

Abingdon Parish was formed in 1655 to minister to the residents of lower Gloucester County. The present church, the parish’s second, was built ca. 1755 and is one of Virginia’s most refined colonial structures. Making use of a cruciform plan, one reserved for more important churches, the building is distinguished by its superb brickwork, especially the molded brick doorways. Although its interior was damaged by Federal troops during the Civil War and was remodeled during the course of repairs, much of the fabric is original, including the galleries, sections of wainscoting, window sash, portions of the altarpiece, and part of the pulpit. The church became inactive in the early 1800s as the result of the disestablishment. Episcopalians reoccupied the building in 1826, and have had continued services to the present. A restoration of the interior to its colonial appearance was accomplished in the 1980s.


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

Updated April 4, 2018