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VLR Listing Date 09/09/1969
NRHP Listing Date 11/12/1969
NRHP Reference Number 69000254
The vicissitudes suffered by Virginia’s Anglican church are expressed in the fabric of this colonial house of worship in Lancaster County. St. Mary’s Whitechapel was named for the London suburb that was the place of origin of some of its first communicants. A church apparently existed here as early as 1669. This was replaced with a cruciform structure in 1739-41 possibly incorporating parts of the older church. The building was abandoned after the disestablishment but was reoccupied in 1832. A much diminished congregation removed the deteriorated nave and chancel, and used their bricks to fill the voids between the transepts. Though its 18th-century form has been significantly altered, the building’s remaining portions are reminders of its parish’s former importance. Preserved on the interior are two sets of altar tablets dating from 1702 and 1718. St. Mary’s Whitechapel was the parish church of the family of Mary Ball, mother of George Washington.
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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark
Updated: January 10, 2022