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Ascension Episcopal Church

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1848, Hickman Meredith, builder; 1875 additions. 253 S. Main St.

This simple, temple-form Greek Revival church, typical of Virginia, was built on land donated by Elijah Fletcher, who owned Sweet Briar House (AH10.1). In 1875 it received a recessed chancel, organ chamber, baptistery, and vestry, and a curiously elaborate battlemented three-tiered front tower. The tower has a central pointed-arched window below round windows on the second tier, and is capped with a louvered bell tower with paired arched openings. Eastlake porches on each side of the tower shelter its side entrances.

Writing Credits

Author: 
Anne Carter Lee

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