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St. Thomas's Chapel

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1835–1837. Church St. at 2nd St.
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Virginia Department of Historic Resources)
  • (Photograph by Karen Kingsley)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)

This striking brick Episcopal chapel, measuring roughly 30 × 50 feet, is stuccoed and scored to resemble cut stone. Prominent stepped parapets with recessed panels at each end of the chapel originally had a finial at the top of each step, but now have hipped caps. The square belfry replaces an earlier and taller one that had lancet arches. Entrance to the chapel is set within a tall pointed arch and the three pointed-arched windows along the side walls are separated by pilasters. During the Civil War, the building was used as a hospital by the Confederates and as a stable by Federal troops. In use as a chapel until 1930, the building was then considered unsafe and closed. The chapel is now owned by the Town of Middletown and has been restored for use on special occasions.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee

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