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076-0175 Greenwich Presbyterian Church

Greenwich Presbyterian Church
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VLR Listing Date 12/13/1988

NRHP Listing Date 08/18/1989

NPS property number 89001065

Built in 1858, this picturesque county Gothic church is distinguished by its rustic Gothic porches and lych gate. The land on which the church stands was donated by Charles Green, an English cotton merchant from Savannah who built a dwelling at The Lawn nearby. During the Civil War, when Union troops attempted to seize the church for a hospital, Green objected, claiming that a clause in the deed provided that the land would revert to him if its religious use ceased, thereby making it English property. The church was thus the only one in the county not damaged by Union forces. One of Col. John S. Mosby’s Confederate rangers, Bradford Smith Hoskins, is buried in the church cemetery. Wounded nearby in 1863, Hoskins was brought to The Lawn by Green where he died.


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

Updated April 4, 2018