053-0308

Ketoctin Baptist Church

VLR Listing Date

03/19/2003

NRHP Listing Date

05/22/2003

NRHP Reference Number

03000452

Built in 1854, Ketoctin Baptist Church is believed to be the fourth meetinghouse constructed on this site in western Loudoun County. Similar to other meetinghouses built by Baptist congregations in the surrounding communities and across Virginia during the early- to mid–19th-century, the single-story, Greek Revival-style, brick building laid in five-course American bond sits on a low native fieldstone foundation and is topped by a front-gable roof with deep cornice returns. Besides retaining much of its original fabric, the interior boasts a trompe l’oeil mural painting, a seemingly three-dimensional painting that creates the illusion of an apse at the western end of the building. Attributed to local artist Lucien Whiting Powell (1846–1930), it is the focal point of the sanctuary. A cemetery that contains graves of Revolutionary War and Civil War soldiers is on the church’s north and west sides, the earliest gravestone dating to 1777.

Last Updated: June 2, 2023

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

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