Old Donation Episcopal Church

Old Donation Episcopal Church
Old Donation Church
Old Donation Episcopal Church is located in Virginia
Location: 4449 N. Witch Duck Rd., Virginia Beach, Virginia
Coordinates: 36°52′0″N 76°7′45″W / 36.866667°N 76.12917°W / 36.866667; -76.12917Coordinates: 36°52′0″N 76°7′45″W / 36.866667°N 76.12917°W / 36.866667; -76.12917
Area: 8 acres (3.2 ha)
Built: 1736
Governing body: Private
NRHP Reference#: 72001534[1]
Added to NRHP: April 13, 1972

Old Donation Church is the third Lynnhaven Parish Church and is the oldest Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach. Records show that the parish’s first church services were held in 1637 in the home of Adam Thoroughgood. The first church building was constructed on Mr. Thoroughgood’s land in 1639 on the location later known as “Church Point.” The vestry, or governing body of the church, was established in 1640.

By 1691 the church building had begun to deteriorate and the land around the church was slowly being eroded by the Lynnhaven River. The vestry approved the building of a new church on two acres of land purchased from Ebenezer Taylor. The second Lynnhaven Parish Church was completed in 1692.

As the parish grew the second church was no longer able to meet the needs of the larger congregation. In 1733 the vestry ordered the building of a new church that could accommodate the parish’s needs. The third church was accepted by the vestry on June 25, 1736. [2] The last colonial rector of Lynnhaven Parish was the Reverend Robert Dickson. He served as rector of the parish for 25 years. Upon his death in 1776, he left his home, slaves and property to the church. This property, which was to be used as a free school for orphan boys, became known as “Donation Farm.” It is from this reference that the church became known as Old Donation Church. The Reverend Dickson was buried under the altar in the 1736 church.

Although records show that Old Donation Church underwent repairs in 1822, it was enjoying regular services and had a healthy congregation. In the years that followed, however, many families moved to the area that we know today as “Kempsville.” In 1842, the parish was reorganized to accommodate these new outlying communities and a new church, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, was built in Kempsville.

Old Donation Episcopal Church

Soon after Emmanuel Church was completed, Old Donation was abandoned for services. In 1882 a forest fire gutted the abandoned church leaving only the exterior walls standing. [3] Through the interest of Thurmer Hoggard and his family, yearly services were held in the roofless ruins to keep the memory of the old church alive.

In 1911 an organization was founded to raise funds to rebuild Old Donation. Through the enthusiastic and tireless efforts of the Rev. Richard Alfriend and Judge B. D. White, construction was begun in 1912. The church’s restoration was finished in 1916 and Old Donation was once again open for services. The church’s bell tower was erected in 1923.

The church underwent major repairs in the 1960s to ensure the building’s structural integrity. It was during this time that the slate floors were installed. These renovations were completed in 1966. Old Donation is included on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the stops on the Bayside History Trail. [4]

See also


External links

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Игры ⚽ Нужен реферат?

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Saint Paul's Episcopal Church (Morganton , North Carolina) — Anglican PortalSaint Paul s Episcopal Church is a century old Episcopal parish on the eastern shore of Lake James near Morganton, North Carolina. It is in the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina and is noted for its ministry to older… …   Wikipedia

  • Church of St. Luke and The Epiphany (Philadelphia) — Church of St. Luke and The Epiphany Church of St. Luke and The Epiphany …   Wikipedia

  • Church of St. James the Greater (Bristol) — The Church of St. James the Greater is an Episcopal church located in the heart of the Bristol Historic District in Bristol Borough, Pennsylvania. It is part of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania and the Episcopal Church in the United States… …   Wikipedia

  • Church of the Nazarene — Not to be confused with Apostolic Christian Church (Nazarene). Church of the Nazarene Seal of the Church of the Nazarene Classification Protestant Orientation Evangel …   Wikipedia

  • Catholic Church — This article is about the church in communion with the See of Rome. For other uses, see Catholic Church (disambiguation). Roman Christianity redirects here. For other uses, see Roman Christianity (disambiguation). Part of a series on the Catholic …   Wikipedia

  • Marble Community Church — St. Paul s Church U.S. National Register of Historic Places …   Wikipedia

  • Bruton Parish Church — Infobox nrhp | name =Bruton Parish Church nrhp type = nhl caption = Bruton Parish in the 1930s location= Williamsburg, Virginia lat degrees = 37 lat minutes = 16 lat seconds = 16 lat direction = N long degrees = 76 long minutes = 42 long seconds …   Wikipedia

  • The Episcopal Academy — Infobox Private School background = #f0f6fa border = #ccd2d9 name = The Episcopal Academy motto = Esse Quam Videri ( To Be Rather than to Seem to Be ) established = 1785 type = Private religion = Episcopalian headmaster = L. Hamilton Clark city …   Wikipedia

  • Timeline of the Roman Catholic Church — As one the oldest branches of Christianity, with Eastern Orthodoxy, [The Eastern Orthodox and some other churches are also apostolic in origin i.e., they also date their origins back to the founding of the Christian Church at the time of the… …   Wikipedia

  • Christianity — /kris chee an i tee/, n., pl. Christianities. 1. the Christian religion, including the Catholic, Protestant, and Eastern Orthodox churches. 2. Christian beliefs or practices; Christian quality or character: Christianity mixed with pagan elements; …   Universalium

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”