A Student of History

October 29, 2006

Kinsale, Va. church now 300 years old

Filed under: Historic Places — John Maass @ 7:43 pm

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According to the Diocese of Virginia, Yeocomico is the sixth oldest Anglican church in the state. Yeocomico is the fourth of those old churches with active congregations.   This Northern Neck Church is on the site of one of the earliest Christian places of worship in the New World. A wooden chapel was built in 1655 and replaced in 1706 by the present structure. Membership in the church included many of the early families of Virginia, including Washington, Lee, and Carter. The church is a National Historic Landmark, located off Route 606 near Hague, Va. Nomini Cliffs: The highest bluffs along the lower Potomac mark the stretch of Virginia shoreline from Nomini Creek to Pope’s Creek, where the Lees and Washingtons both had estates.

One unique architectural feature is a medieval feature called a wicket door. It may have been used in an earlier church on the site dating back to 1655.  The main door weighs 1,000 pounds and is large enough for three people abreast to walk through in good weather. Within it is the small wicket door just big enough for a single person to pass in bad weather.

For more, click here.

And, for a very nice NY Times column from 1999, which inludes details about a number of these local Anglican churches still standing, go here.

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