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118-0078 St. Paul's Vestry House

St. Paul's Vestry House
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VLR Listing Date 12/04/1996

NRHP Listing Date 02/21/1997

NPS property 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 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.


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

Updated April 4, 2018