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St. John's Church (Chuckatuck Church)

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Chuckatuck Church
1755, 1826, 1888, William Whitney. North side of VA 125, 2 miles east of Chuckatuck
  • St. John's Church (Chuckatuck Church) (Virginia Division of Historic Resources)

A modest, rectangular Anglican church oriented to the northeast, St. John's was originally named Chuckatuck Church after the parish it served. Abandoned during disestablishment, it returned to service and in 1828 was renamed St. John's. During the Civil War federal forces used it as a stable, damaging the building. Whitney carried out a restoration in 1888. The one-story church has 27-inch-thick brick walls, laid in Flemish bond with glazed headers above a beveled water table. Rubbed bricks appear at the building's corners and along all door and window jambs. The original door with a brick pediment was at the southwest window. Rubbed brick pilasters remain. The original clipped gable roof has been replaced by a steep pitched gable roof and the gable ends enfilade with light-colored brick. The large, round-arched windows, four in the side walls and one in the end wall, create a luminous interior. The tongue-and-grove, herringbone-pattern paneling dates from 1888. The pink sandstone in the nave may be original.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "St. John's Church (Chuckatuck Church)", [Suffolk, 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, 467-467.

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