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Little Fork Church

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1774–1776, attributed to John Ariss. 1974, restoration, Milton L. Grigg. Rixeyville vicinity (8 miles north of Culpeper on VA 229; .3 mile on VA 726)

Standing dramatically alone on its windswept site, Little Fork is a surviving example, rare in the Piedmont, of a nearly intact colonial house of worship. It has been attributed to Ariss because of its similarity to Lamb's Creek Church in King George County. John Voss, a local brickmason, built it and may have had a hand in the design. The church is a long, low structure of Flemish bond brick with its principal entrance in the south wall. The interior is intact and contains box pews and an elaborate carved reredos with a broken pediment and Doric pilasters.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Little Fork Church", [, 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, 122-122.

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