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Bishop Meade Memorial Church

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1875. 192 White Post Rd.

This brick Gothic Revival church with corbeled brick cornices and shallow brick buttresses is the most elaborate building in the small crossroads community of White Post. Pyramidal pinnacles add height and enliven the gabled facade and portico, and a small wooden cupola crowns the church. The church's name honors Bishop William Meade, third Episcopal Bishop of Virginia, who was born in the community's oldest house, Meadea (1783–1785; 300 Berry's Ferry Road). This one-and-a-half-story log-bodied building with later siding is framed by two sturdy exterior-end fieldstone chimneys. White Post grew up around a white-painted post at the junction of what is now VA 658 and VA 628 (the post has been replaced several times) that was erected in the 1760s to mark the way to Greenway Court, the nearby estate of Thomas, sixth Lord Fairfax. All that survives from the estate are a plank storage building and a limestone land office (not visible from the road) from which Fairfax managed his vast holdings in northern Virginia.

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Anne Carter Lee
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Anne Carter Lee, "Bishop Meade Memorial Church", [White Post, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/VA-02-CL22.

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