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Bethel Church

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1833–1836. Bethel Ln., 3 miles south of Millwood
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Virginia Department of Historic Resources)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)

Referred to in eighteenth-century deeds as “God's Acre on the hill,” this site originally contained a Quaker meetinghouse built of logs. Unoccupied by 1808, the building was taken over by a Baptist congregation, which built this brick church. The two-story rectangular building has two entrances on the east gable end, one for men and one for women. The single doors on the side elevations lead to the upstairs gallery. Two aisles divide the main space of the church into three seating areas. The gallery surrounds three sides of the interior and is supported by seven slender unfluted Doric columns without bases. The pulpit at the west end of the building is marked by a raised platform. On either side of this area are robing rooms.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Bethel Church", [Boyce, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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