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133-0061 Glebe Church

Glebe Church
Photo credit: Calder Loth/DHR, 1993

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VLR Listing Date 09/19/1972

NRHP Listing Date 05/25/1973

NRHP Reference Number 73002148

The chaste colonial Glebe Church in the city of Suffolk takes its present name from the fact that its parish was one of the few in Virginia that managed to retain its colonial glebe—property owned by the parish and used to produce income—following the American Revolution and the disestablishment. The 300-acre glebe is still in the possession of the parish. The Glebe Church, known in colonial times as Bennett’s Creek Church, was constructed in 1737-38 as the lower church of Suffolk Parish. It was made L-shaped by the addition of a wing in 1759. The church fell into ruin after the Revolution but was restored to use in 1856 when the wing was demolished and the bricks used in the repair. The Glebe Church received its last extensive renovation in 1900. Today only the 1738 Flemish-bond brick walls are original.

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

Updated: January 18, 2023