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St. John's Episcopal Church, Grub Hill

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1852. Grub Hill Church Rd., 3.3 miles north of Amelia
  • (Virginia Department of Historic Resources)

Grub Hill, as it is known, is a picturesque and idiosyncratic Gothic Revival brick country church. The facade's pointed-arched window, set inside a rectangle, is flanked by two rectangular doors. At the corners of the church are brick buttresses with pinnacles pierced by cross insets. Below the stepped brick cornice of the side walls is a stringcourse that frames the top portions of the church's rectangular, diamond-paned windows. On the interior, a rear gallery overlooks the nave and the sanctuary. The sanctuary's triptych (1870) is signed by carver “H. Jacob,” who also made the church furniture. In the 1870s, an iron fence featuring posts with spiraling floral vines was installed around the church and the graveyard. Surrounding the churchyard is farmland complete with a veritable catalogue of twentieth-century barns and silos.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "St. John's Episcopal Church, Grub Hill", [Amelia Court House, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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