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Williams Chapel

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Presbyterian Church
1845. 40 Chester St.
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)

This is Front Royal's oldest surviving church. Built for a Presbyterian congregation, it was used as a courthouse during the Civil War when the Warren County Courthouse was used as a hospital. The church was sold in 1898 to an African Methodist Episcopal (AME) congregation whose members named the church after their bishop. The rectangular Flemish bond brick building has a pedimented gable and pilasters defining the three front bays, tall narrow round-arched windows, and a round-arched transom over the central entrance.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee



  • 1845


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Anne Carter Lee, "Williams Chapel", [Front Royal, 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, 63-63.

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