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065-0012 Hungars Church

Hungars Church
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VLR Listing Date 07/07/1970

NRHP Listing Date 10/15/1970

NRHP Reference Number 70000813

Begun in 1742 and completed by 1751, Hungars Episcopal Church is one of two remaining colonial churches on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. As originally built, it was over ninety feet in length, making it the longest Anglican parish church in the colony and a testament to the importance of its parish. It was abandoned following the disestablishment of the Anglican church, but was restored to use in 1819. Declared unsafe in 1850, its west wall and first bay were taken down, shortening the building’s length to seventy-four feet. The church nevertheless remains a prime work of colonial ecclesiastical architecture. Finely executed gauged-brick arches with the rare addition of keystones highlight the windows. The 19th-century repairs included the installation of the intersecting window tracery. The church has a timeless setting in a grove of pine trees.

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

Updated: March 28, 2021