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070-5044 Bluemont Presbyterian Church and Cemetery

Bluemont Presbyterian Church and Cemetery
Photo credit: Mike Pulice/DHR, 2005

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VLR Listing Date 12/06/2006

NRHP Listing Date 03/30/2007

NRHP Reference Number 07000224

Bluemont Presbyterian Church and Cemetery is located on the south side of the Blue Ridge Parkway, near Fancy Gap in northern Patrick County, within a few hundred feet of the Carroll County line. Bluemont Presbyterian Church is one of the six Childress rock-faced churches located in the Virginia counties of Floyd, Carroll, and Patrick, built between 1919 and the early 1950s by Presbyterian minister Robert W. Childress. The six churches are significant in their embodiment of Appalachian patterns of Presbyterian religious worship and Presbyterian social activism in western Virginia. The church was built in 1919, and rock-faced in 1946, shortly after the Rev. Childress began his pastorate there. It was here that he employed what was probably the first use in the area of church buses to transport children to Sunday school.

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

Updated: August 3, 2021