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Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church

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1889. 136 E. Main St.

This church is home to a congregation established in the early 1700s. Its cemetery (WS13) is at the original church site and its third church of 1832 has been remodeled into the Barter Theatre (WS10). This, the fifth building, is on the site of the fourth church of 1851. The corner entrance tower of the Gothic Revival church is crowned by a tall broach spire that gives it a dramatic vertical emphasis. The dark-red brick walls are set off by the light-colored trim around the tall, narrow windows and doors. On the same block are St. Thomas Episcopal Church (1925; later additions) at 124 E. Main and Abingdon United Methodist Church (1883; later additions) at 101 E. Main. Both are Gothic Revival. St. Thomas is a stone replacement of a mid-nineteenth-century frame church that burned. As was typical of Episcopalian churches, it is modeled after English medieval churches and has a battlemented central entrance tower. The Methodist church also has a square tower, but here it is on the corner of the facade and finished with pinnacles.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church", [Abingdon, 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, 468-469.

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