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Orrick Chapel

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1870s. 5310 Mulberry St.
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)

The lot for this, the town's earliest African American church, was purchased in 1869 for twenty-five dollars, and the materials were donated by the church's first minister and namesake, Robert Orrick, a former slave who was an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Orrick, with the unusual consent of his antebellum owner, Major Kean (Cain) of Winchester, ran a profitable livery stable of his own and thereby acquired considerable personal wealth. His rectangular, one-story, gable-end frame church is three bays deep with pointed-arched windows and a simple pyramidal-roofed belfry. The front vestibule is a later addition.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Orrick Chapel", [Stephens City, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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