118-0078

St. Paul’s Vestry House

VLR Listing Date

12/04/1996

NRHP Listing Date

02/21/1997

NRHP Reference Number

97000157

Built ca. 1850 for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, which had just completed a new church at this steep hillside location, this discreet little building has enjoyed a tradition of community service. Although later called the “Old Rectory,” the building was never a parish residence, but instead provided meeting space for the vestry, the parish governing body. It served thusly until 1871 when it was given over to Sunday school classes. The building fell vacant in 1895 with the completion of a new church a few blocks away. In 1903, however, it became the meeting room of the Woman’s Club of Lynchburg. Like similar clubs, the Woman’s Club was part of a national movement to help ladies become better educated and more active in civic affairs. The club moved in 1916; the building has since served a variety of uses.

Last Updated: June 2, 2023

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

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