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St. Paul's Episcopal Church (Virginia Courts)

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Virginia Courts
1801, attributed to James Wren. Later additions. 6760 Fayette St., .2 mile south of VA 55, Haymarket
  • St. Paul's Episcopal Church (Virginia Courts) (Virginia Division of Historic Resources)

Haymarket is a small crossroads village at the intersection of Virginia 55 and 625. It jumped into the national spotlight in the early 1990s when the Disney Company proposed building a history theme park on the surrounding farmland. Although Disney withdrew the proposal, the area still is threatened with overdevelopment.

St. Paul's origins as a Virginia district court building for the northern Virginia counties can be seen in its red brick, two-story, town hall form, similar to that of Fairfax Courthouse, which it probably closely resembled. However, the disbanding of the district court system within a few years after the building's completion sent it into limbo. Eventually, in 1822, it became an Episcopal church. Haymarket was the site of a Civil War battle, and Union troops severely damaged the structure. During the subsequent rebuilding the arcade was closed in, the upper windows received a Palladian treatment, and a steeple was added.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "St. Paul's Episcopal Church (Virginia Courts)", [Haymarket, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, 62-62.

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