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041-0113 Old Providence (Halifax) Presbyterian Church

Old Providence (Halifax) Presbyterian Church
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VLR Listing Date 12/08/1987

NRHP Listing Date 07/07/1988

NPS property number 88001013

This simple country church housed Halifax County’s first Presbyterian congregation. Presbyterians began to spread through the southern Piedmont in the mid-18th century. By 1830 they determined to have a more conveniently located meetinghouse and soon erected the present structure. Eschewing any prideful trappings, the little wooden building is basically enclosed space. Its small size reflects its original membership which numbered only twenty-six, including sixteen African Americans. A singular feature of the plain interior is the horizontal plank cladding. By 1926 the congregation had outgrown the building and moved on. The church then was used as a storage barn. It became the property of the Blanks family in 1947 who in 1981 restored it as a family memorial, now in the care of the Blanks Memorial Foundation.


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

Updated February 19, 2019