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St. John's Episcopal Church

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1856, Levi Ruggles. 0.25 miles northeast of Eolia on County Rte. H
  • (Photograph by Cole Woodcox)
  • (Photograph by Cole Woodcox)
  • (Photograph by Cole Woodcox)

That many of this church's original communicants and its chief patron were from Virginia comes as no surprise. St. John's adheres to the form of many early-nineteenth-century churches found in Tidewater Virginia and demonstrates one of the ways that East Coast architectural designs came west. The brick building is an excellent example of the transition from Greek to Gothic Revival styles often used in small rural churches. St. John's is classical in its rectangular mass, strict symmetry, simple entablature, and pedimented gable. At the same time the high, narrow windows with pointed tops and intersecting arc muntins invoke the Gothic style. The interior is restrained, with painted walls, and the pine-board floors, white-painted pews with their walnut trim, and cast-iron stoves are original. A cemetery with simple headstones surrounds the church and dates from the same time.

Writing Credits

Cole Woodcox
Osmund Overby, Carol Grove, and Cole Woodcox



  • 1856



Cole Woodcox, "St. John's Episcopal Church", [Eolia, Missouri], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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