This is a peek inside old Christ Church in Lancaster County, Virginia, in an area known as “The Northern Neck.” (of Chesapeake Bay). It was originally constructed in 1670 out of wood and was reconstructed to it’s present brick form in 1730. Services are occasionally still held in the church.
Many famous historical figures were born in the Northern Neck including Presidents George Washington, James Madison and James Monroe, as well as Revolutionary War hero Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee and his son, Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
I somehow missed this post, but I have to say these are beautiful. What a lovely place
Yes ducks it’s quite a sight. And I was particularly pleased there were no lightning bolts while I was inside.
I’d love to attend one of their services. Great photos. Better bring my pillow….betcha anything those seats are HARD…these things I notice now that I”m now 23 any more. Thanks Al.
I think if we attended a service there, we would be transported back to that time. It is remarkably colonial in every aspect.
Would love to see that church for myself. That’s an area George and I have yet to explore.
It’s a very pleasant day trip or we can recommend an outstanding B & B for you.
Divine photos, Al. Are you sure the ceiling survived your visit? 😉
II’ve had a few churches cave in after I walked in, but fortunately this one survived. They’re very accepting of heathens.
I know I always look up. The believers must think I’m praying or something. I’m just looking for fault lines so I know if I should stay or run!
Love your pictures, Al, especially the third from the top.
Thanks, Michelle. This place is so secluded and quiet you can hear a pin drop. I get goose bumps thinking about the now famous figures who might have attended services there back in the day.
Looks familiar. I was a docent at Pohick Church in Lorton VA for many years. Also Gunston Hall, home of George Mason. Underwent much training on Colonial Architecture during this period and toured around the commonwealth with my fellow docents.
Your church is a prime example of Colonial architecture. Dozens of Colonial Era Protestant Episcopal churches in VA coastal areas owing to wealthy god-fearing planters, I think Bruton Church in Williamsburg is the oldest. Nice photos. Dianne
I knew you would appreciate it, Dianne, knowing your family history in this area.
Lovely pictures Al, and you can feel the history from them. I love the avenue of trees. 🙂
Me too, Jane. That’s why I included them even though they are technically outside.
Wow, 1670! That must be around the beginning of modern America! A truly historical building 🙂
It pales in comparison to British (and Irish) history but you’re right. It’s pretty close to the beginning of documented history here in America.
Virginia is unique in that it has equal amounts of Revolutionary War and Civil War history. So many battles and historical events of both eras took place in this state. For one example, the end of both wars took place here (Yorktown and Appomattox.)
I’ve never been so far south, but in Massachusetts I’ve been to a good few historical places of interest from the time of the founding fathers. They don’t have many buildings dating back that far!
Have I ever told you how much fun it is cyber-conversing with you? We sure get off on a variety of subjects don’t we?
We definitely do… Probably partially due to my dyslexic brain which will not do straight lines, only tangents 🙂
Great shots. I love that area over there.
We have friends to visit so we enjoy seeing the area with them.