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Merchant's Hope Church - Prince George Co., VA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member archway
N 37° 15.958 W 077° 12.165
18S E 304679 N 4126651
Quick Description: This colonial church was established in 1657. The current building dates back to 1743.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 9/12/2009 8:18:59 AM
Waymark Code: WM773Z
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:
Merchants Hope Church was established in 1657, and the current sanctuary was completed in the mid 18th century. Even though the church has undergone renovation and restoration, it is virtually the same structure today as it was when it was built over 250 years ago. In the 21st century, members of Merchant's Hope Episcopal Church still meet in the 18th century structure, which is among the oldest Protestant churches in America still used as a house of worship

Merchant's Hope Church played a part in Bacon's Rebellion. In 1676 at Jordan Point, Nathaniel Bacon of Henrico County and many outraged settlers protested against edicts of the royal governors and demanded home rule. They met at Merchant's Hope Church where they signed petitions to Governor William Berkeley demanding help against attacks by the Native Americans. Berkeley dismissed their petitions leaving Bacon and 211 volunteers to take matters into their own hands.

Source: Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merchant's_Hope)
Street address:
11500 Merchant Hope Rd
Hopewell, VA USA
23860


County / Borough / Parish: Prince George County

Year listed: 1969

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Architecture/Engineering, Event

Periods of significance: 1650-1699

Historic function: Religion

Current function: Religion

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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