Have You Visited The Historic Churches Of Prince William County?

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If not, you have missed an opportunity to understand the rich history of churches in the early life of the residents of Prince Wuilliam County.  The good news is that they still stand and will welcome you.

One of the primary factors in the colonization of the "New World" was to escape both religious and political persecution. Churches had written "laws" and a governing body that provided much of the basis for civil law and sense of community in daily life.  That structure played an important part in the development of rural America throughout the 19th century.

Prince William County was just such a rural commuity until the end of World War II and had an abundance of them.  Fortunately, eight have survived and are well preserved as free standing buildings plus many of them are still very active congregatons.  There are others, but they have been modified and enlarged, losing their original identity.  We only visited those that have retained their original configuration as part of learning what made and still makes Prince William County an exciting place to call home.   It was an educational pleasure to write a post on each of them detailing their history - links to the posts are below

St Paul's Episcopal in Haymarket

 

 Saint Paul's Anglican in Haymarket was originally built as a courthouse in 1801.  It has the oldest continually operating congregation in Prince William County.  It was used by both Confederate and Union troops during the Civil War.

 

Asbury Church

 

 

Asbury Methodist Episcopal was completed in 1894.  Today, it stands across the street from modern day Asbury United Methodest

 

Bethel Chapel

 

Since Bethel Chapel was completed in 1850 it was used by both Confederate and Union troops.  Today, it rests on the grounds of Bethel United Methodist Church

 

Ebenezer Baptist

Ebenezer Baptist is the the oldest African American church in this area of Northern Virginia.  Although it no longer occupies the building at the right it is a thiving congregration with a huge new campus and sanctuary.

 

Brentsville Union Church

 

Built in 1874 the non-denominational Brentsville Union Church is now owned by Prince William County.  It is available for religious services and weddings as well as public or corporate meetings

 

Hatcher Baptist

Built in 1847 Hatcher Baptist is another pre-Civil War church that was used by both Confederate and Union troops.  It is the only stone church in the historic group and is home to an active congregation

 

Geeenwich Presbyterian

 

The building at the left was completed in 1858. but the story of Greenwich Presbyterian began in a home in 1802 and to a log cabin in 1810.  The land was donated by an Englishman who convinced Union troops it was neutral British property and it was not occupied during the Civil War.  It is an active congregation

Buckhall Methodist

Built in 1906 at a total cost of $830 Buckhall Methodist is the youngest of our historic churches in Prince William County.  It is connected to the modern sanctuary  by a breezeway and is an active participant in the life of the congregation

 



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Gloria Todor
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Hi Karen, Your part of the country is very rich in history and not surprised that some of that history is in the local churches.  A great gathering of info.

Enjoy the rest of the summer!

Gloria

Jul 29, 2014 12:26 AM #1
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
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Hi Karen, great information on the historic churches in Prince William County VA. 

Jul 29, 2014 01:43 AM #2
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Hi Karen,

I'm so happy to see that you write such a great article about your local churches and it's historical significance. I think there is a great interest in these structures by the general public. I myself have always been fascinated with old church buildings. Whenever I drove through the New England area, I would take photos of churches and for me, it didn't matter what the denomination is, I knew that if walls could talk they were be lots of great stories to tell about the people who came to worship. Churches mean so many different things to so many people.

I would love to visit St. Paul's Angelican and Hatcher Baptist Church. Fervent prayers had to be many along with many important decisions and cries to the Almighty. I'm also curious about the Ebenezer Baptist Church and wonder if the grounds feels mystical.

You've done an excellent job on this story Karen and I know you do excellent work in everything you do. I really appreciate all the work you put into this very informative post. Thank you

 

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Gloria  You have your share as well

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Rebecca  As always, thank you

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Patricia  You are very gracious.  You and I are singing from the same hymnal o this one

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Hello Karen,

What a lovely post, and collection of beautiful Churches and their history...thank you for sharing, you always do such a wonderful job of bringing your area to life on- line!

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