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073-0038 Briery Church

Briery Church
Photo credit: Calder Loth/DHR, 1995

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VLR Listing Date 05/13/1969

NRHP Listing Date 11/17/1969

NRHP Reference Number 69000371

In an isolated woodland setting, this multi-gable wooden church in Prince Edward County 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.

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

Updated: July 27, 2022