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Chilhowie United Methodist Church

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1894, E. J. Rutland, builder(?). 501 Old Stage Rd.
  • (Photograph by Tim Buchman)
  • (Virginia Department of Historic Resources)

This honey-colored brick Gothic Revival church is distinctive for its square tower in the center of the facade with a tall steeple framed by four pinnacles. It was probably designed by the superintendent of the local brick factory, who was born and reared in Sheerness, England, and was perhaps inspired by the rural churches of his native land. In any event, the church's exterior ornamentation focuses on decorative brickwork, notably four rows of corbeling around the tower and molding over the stained glass windows.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Chilhowie United Methodist Church", [Chilhowie, 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, 464-464.

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