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Hale Creek Primitive Baptist Church

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c. 1870. VA 638 at VA 640
  • (Virginia Department of Historic Resources)

The only known example of a log church in Buchanan County, this is a simple vernacular structure on a stone pier foundation that was later infilled with concrete blocks. The building's exposed and weathered logs exhibit carefully half-dovetailed corner notching. Its south-facing facade has a single batten door beneath a steeply pitched front gable clad in weatherboards. Shuttered double-sash windows are seen along both sides of the building. Perhaps the oldest surviving religious structure in the county, the church was probably built soon after the Hale Creek Primitive Baptist congregation was formed in 1867.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee

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