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114-0001 St. John's Episcopal Church

St. John's Episcopal Church
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 12/02/1969

NRHP Listing Date 02/26/1970

NPS property number 70000871

Completed in 1728 by builder Henry Cary, Jr., St. John’s is the fourth building to serve Elizabeth City Parish, the oldest active parish of the Anglican communion in America. The church itself is the oldest building in Hampton. Its Latin cross plan, a form usually reserved for important churches, indicated the high status of the parish. St. John’s suffered considerably from the wars that plagued the area. The church was damaged during the bombardment of Hampton in 1775. In the War of 1812 British troops ransacked the building and used it for barracks. It was renovated in 1830 and reconsecrated as St. John’s Church. Retreating Confederates burned the church along with the town in 1861, leaving only the fine Flemish bond brick walls standing. It was rebuilt within the walls following the war and given a handsome Victorian interior.


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

Updated August 7, 2018