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124-0028 Trinity Episcopal Church

Trinity Episcopal Church
Photo credit: Elizabeth Lipford/DHR, 2022

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VLR Listing Date 04/17/1973

NRHP Listing Date 05/14/1973

NRHP Reference Number 73002219

Trinity Church was built between 1828 and 1830 on the site of the parish’s original 1762 church in the city of Portsmouth. The congregation of the first church dwindled after the disestablishment of the Anglican church, but was revived in 1820 under the leadership of the Rev. John H. Wingfield. When it was attempted to enlarge the colonial church, the structure was found to be so decayed that the building was pulled down save for one wall, which is believed to be incorporated in the present structure. During the Civil War Trinity was used as a Confederate hospital. The formerly simple Federal-style building has been remodeled and redecorated many times and contains six Tiffany stained-glass windows. The tower, an important architectural landmark for Portsmouth’s historic Four Corners, the principal downtown intersection, was added in 1893. The Trinity Episcopal Church’s picturesque churchyard contains gravestones dating as early as 1763.

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

Updated: April 18, 2022