Zion Poplars Baptist Church

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Zion Poplars Baptist Church was named for a grove of seven poplars, four of which remain on the church grounds, joined at one base. An African American community used the poplars as a “brush arbor,” a hidden place, for religious worship before the construction of the church. The Gloucester County church, built in 1894, is a Victorian building with classical references in its interior trim. Much of the striking interior, including the sanctuary, was hand-carved by Frank Braxton, a former enslaved individual. Despite a later addition, the Zion Poplars Baptist Church still retains a high degree of integrity and exhibits outstanding craftsmanship.

Last Updated: February 2, 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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