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070-5045 Mayberry Presbyterian Church

Mayberry Presbyterian Church
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 07000225

Mayberry Presbyterian Church is located in a sparsely populated area, among rolling wooded hills and pastureland between Route 602 and the Blue Ridge Parkway near Meadows of Dan in Patrick County.  The 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 churches also tell the story of the remarkable ministry of Robert W. Childress, who brought spiritual faith and social awakening to the people of the central portion of the Blue Ridge Province in Virginia. The building was constructed as a simple wood-frame structure in 1925, during the Rev. Childress’s tenure there while still a student at Union Theological Seminary. It was rock faced with fieldstone in 1948.


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


Updated: August 3, 2021