Virginia State Seal Virginia Department of Historic Resources

036-0048 Ware Parish Church

Ware Parish Church
Photo credit: Calder Loth/DHR, 2006

*Click on image to enlarge.

For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 10/17/1972

NRHP Listing Date 03/20/1973

NRHP Reference Number 73002018

The large scale of this finely crafted colonial church indicates the importance of its parish, which served many of Gloucester County’s leading families. The construction date is unknown; however, the Ware Parish Church building most likely was erected in the second quarter of the 18th century during the rectorship of the Rev. James Clack. Few of Virginia’s colonial churches can boast more handsome or better preserved brickwork which here consists of Flemish bond with clear blue glazed headers and gauged brick arches. Ware is also Virginia’s only rectangular colonial church served by three entrances, each with a gauged work architectural surround. Portions of original woodwork remain on the interior. Although abandoned following the disestablishment, the church was later reoccupied by the Episcopalians and continues to serve as a parish church.

Many properties listed in the registers are private dwellings and are not open to the public, however many are visible from the public right-of-way. Please be respectful of owner privacy.

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

Updated: December 21, 2021