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073-0038 Briery Church

Briery Church
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VLR Listing Date 05/13/1969

NRHP Listing Date 11/29/1969

NPS property number 69000371

In an isolated woodland setting, this multi-gable wooden church is a singular expression the mid-19th century Gothic Revival. With its verticality emphasized by board and batten siding, sharp gables, and narrow lancet windows, the building displays the individualism inherent in many of the architectural endeavors of rural America. Its Presbyterian congregation was organized in 1755; the present building, erected in 1856, is the third on the site. The exaggerated design is attributed to the Rev. Robert Lewis Dabney, a theologian and amateur architect who served the congregation as a supply minister from 1856 to 1858. Dabney at the time was a professor at the nearby Union Theological Seminary, then part of Hampden Sydney College. Briery Church survives without alteration, preserving all of its original interior appointments including pews, pulpit, and “vaulted” pine ceiling.


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

Updated April 4, 2018