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St. John's Episcopal Church

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c. 1732, c. 1765. 1926, rose garden. VA 30 (north on VA 627, .1 mile)
  • St. John's Episcopal Church

An outstanding example of colonial masonry, the front section of St. John's was built first. The 1765 addition created the present T shape. A glistening Flemish bond appears above the water table and English bond below. The pedimented molded brick doorways are beautifully handled. The eight large windows, now lengthened, have semicircular arches with rubbed brick voussoirs. On the interior, the west and north galleries date from the enlargement. The reredos—13 feet, 3 inches wide—is the outstanding feature of the interior, but it probably is not original to the building since it does not fit into the space. Abandoned at disestablishment, the church was used by various groups. After the Civil War, the building was reconsecrated as an Episcopal church.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "St. John's Episcopal Church", [West Point, 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, 348-348.

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