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Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church

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1850, Robert L. Dabney; many later additions. 30 Tinkling Spring Dr., approximately 5 miles west of Waynesboro
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)

This, the third church on the site, was designed by its multitalented minister, Dabney, whose designs for College Church at Hampden-Sydney College (see PE17.1) and Farmville Presbyterian Church (PE11) influenced many antebellum Presbyterian churches in Virginia. The conservative Dabney strived for a plain church of good proportions. A simple Greek Revival, but always with an individualistic cast, is characteristic of his work. Here the pedimented three-bay portico has two Doric columns in antis flanked by paired brick pilasters. Similar pilasters frame recessed panels on each side of the portico and frame the stained glass windows of the side walls. The double-door entrance leads to the central aisle of an interior with plain plastered walls, a raised pulpit, and a wide recess behind the pulpit with a modest entablature supported by two Doric columns.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee

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