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048-0007 Emmanual Church

Emmanual Church
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VLR Listing Date 10/14/1986

NRHP Listing Date 01/07/1987

NRHP Reference Number 86003593

This tiny but visually engaging house of worship is part of Virginia’s small but important collection of Gothic Revival country churches. Completed in 1860 and attributed on stylistic basis to the Baltimore architectural partnership of Niernsee and Neilson, the Emmanual Episcopal Church has an architectural presence despite its diminutive size. Contrasting with the Gothic nave is the Italianate tower, enriched with a bold bracketed cornice and concave pyramidal cap, similar to Martin’s Brandon Church in Prince George County. Although damaged during the Civil War, the church retains its original gallery and a Henry Erben pipe organ dating to the third quarter of the 19th century. The still active church is the only remnant of the village of Port Conway, and is a familiar landmark to motorists crossing the Rappahannock River at Port Royal along U.S. Route 301.

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

Updated: December 9, 2020