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049-0050 Upper Church, Stratton Major Parish

Upper Church, Stratton Major Parish
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VLR Listing Date 10/17/1972

NRHP Listing Date 04/02/1973

NPS property number 73002030

The artistry of the colonial mason is well demonstrated in this former Anglican church. The otherwise simple building is accented by walls of Flemish bond with glazed headers, gauged brick arches, rubbed brick corners, and molded brick doorways. A triangular pediment is employed on the south doorway; the west entrance, disfigured by a modern addition, has a segmental pediment. Upper Church was built between 1724 and 1729 and is the colonial church of its parish to survive. The building was abandoned by the Anglicans in 1768. A Methodist congregation was present here in 1789 and subsequently co-existed with Baptists until the Baptists withdrew in 1842. The church burned in the in mid-1840s, but was rebuilt within the original walls. The Methodists gained full control in 1869. It is now identified by its Methodist congregation as Old Church. The colonial-style sashes were installed in 1989.


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

Updated April 4, 2018