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077-0006 Snowville Christian Church

Snowville Christian Church
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VLR Listing Date 12/09/1986

NRHP Listing Date 04/02/1987

NPS property number 87000563

Though architecturally noteworthy as an elegantly simple expression of country Greek Revival design, this church is best known for its association with Chester Bullard (1809-1893), a charismatic religious leader. Born in Massachusetts, Bullard came to the area at age seventeen and settled in Snowville, a manufacturing village founded by his brother-in-law Asiel Snow. He became influenced by the local religious revivals and developed an independent interpretation of scripture, subsequently founding a number of churches. His followers were know as Bullardites. In 1840 he united his churches with the Disciples of Christ or Christians. The Snowville church was organized by Bullard as New Salem Church in 1837-37. The original building was replaced by the present one in 1864, on land originally belonging to Bullard.


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

Updated April 4, 2018