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Timber Ridge Presbyterian Church (Old Stone Church)

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Old Stone Church
1756; 1871 enlarged. Timber Ridge Rd. at VA 785
  • Original meetinghouse (historic photograph)
  • Timber Ridge ARP Church
  • Timber Ridge ARP Church
  • Timber Ridge ARP Church

Portions of the 1756 stone meetinghouse are preserved in the present stone church, making it the second-oldest meetinghouse in the Valley. The church has been altered and enlarged several times, most notably in 1871, when the three-arched porch was added. From 1814 to 1856, the church served two groups of Presbyterians, who were deeply divided over the issue of slavery. Matters came to a head in 1855 when the Assembly Presbyterians locked out the Associate Reform Presbyterians (ARP) and their minister, Horatio Thompson. The ARP group, who supported slavery, built the brick Greek Revival Timber Ridge ARP Church (1855; 160 Timber Ridge). The church's graveyard includes markers from 1773.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Timber Ridge Presbyterian Church (Old Stone Church)", [Lexington, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Virginia vol 2

Buildings of Virginia: Valley, Piedmont, Southside, and Southwest, Anne Carter Lee and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 138-138.

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