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096-0031 Yeocomico Church

Yeocomico Church
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VLR Listing Date 09/09/1969

NRHP Listing Date 11/12/1969

NHL Listing Date 04/15/1970

NPS property number 69000331

The Yeocomico Church’s blending of artisan-mannerist and classical elements make this singular colonial building an illustration of early 18th-century transitional architecture. The side entrance porch, possibly an early addition, with its wicket door (a smaller door cut into a larger door), is a common feature of English parish churches built through the post-Medieval period, but is a unique American example. The classical modillion cornice is a harbinger of the Georgian style. Adding interest is the strangely inconsistent brick bonding. Inscribed in the brickwork are fifteen sets of initials representing the participation of many workmen. The inscribed date 1706 may be a construction date, however the present form is the result of a T-wing added ca. 1730-40. The church was used to house soldiers in three wars and left vacant at times. It has, nonetheless, survived remarkably intact and is still in service.


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

Updated March 19, 2019