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1875; 1889, 1910–1911 additions. 2403 Rock Dr.

The church was erected concurrent with the Stanley Institute (ES63) by its African American congregation, many of whom migrated to this area after the Civil War. Like several rural churches across the Eastern Shore, the design was influenced by a catalog of architectural patterns published by the Methodist Board of Church Extension. A vernacular expression of Gothic Revival, it was built of hewn and sawn lumber as a simple, gable-front building with a central entrance. A six-foot rear extension and the current interior finishes were made in 1889. In 1910–1911, the corner entrance tower was built and the original doorway replaced by a large colored-glass lancet window. A Sunday school room with choir loft above added to the rear includes a mix of reused bays that contribute to its unique character. The church is the oldest of four extant post-Civil War Black churches built on the Lower Eastern Shore.

Writing Credits

Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie



  • 1875

  • 1875

  • 1910


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Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie, "CHRIST ROCK UNITED METHODIST CHURCH", [Cambridge, Maryland], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Maryland, Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2022, 126-126.

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