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121-0037 First Denbigh Parish Church Archaeological Site

First Denbigh Parish Church Archaeological Site
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 09/15/1981

NRHP Listing Date 09/07/1982

NPS property number 82004574

The site of the first Denbigh Parish Church is the earliest datable ecclesiastical site within the former Warwick County, now the city of Newport News. Constructed before 1635 and taking its name from the nearby Denbigh plantation, the church served the inhabitants of what was the upper portion of Elizabeth City Corporation, later Warwick County, in the earliest days of the colony. The church foundations, located and identified in a test square by archaeologists of the Department of Historic Resources, make up one of the few non-domestic 17th-century archaeological sites within a rapidly urbanizing area. Complete excavation could shed new light some of the nation’s earliest church architecture.


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

Updated April 4, 2018