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219-0003 Floyd Presbyterian Church

Floyd Presbyterian Church
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VLR Listing Date 12/16/1975

NRHP Listing Date 05/17/1976

NPS property number 76002105

The architectural highlight of the county-seat community of Floyd, this simple Greek Revival is a product of the 1940s Second Great Awakening which spread Presbyterianism into southern and western Virginia. Energized by this activity, the Floyd congregation erected the present building in 1850. It was built by Henry Dillon, an Irish immigrant who grew up and trained in Charleston, S.C. After moving to Floyd County, Dillon built several buildings in the area including a now-demolished courthouse. As was the practice among country builders of the day, Dillon relied on a pattern book for many of the details, in this case The Practical House Carpenter (1830), by Asher Benjamin. The church, the oldest public building in the county, remained in continuous use by the Presbyterians until 1974. Since 1992 it has served as a masonic temple.


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

Updated April 4, 2018