Old Stone Church - Winchester, VA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member slippeddisk
N 39° 11.111 W 078° 09.584
17S E 745321 N 4341170
Quick Description: Built in 1788, Winchester's Old Stone Church stands as an early example of Shenandoah Valley ecclesiastical architecture.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 9/21/2007 6:41:51 PM
Waymark Code: WM28CG
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 21

Long Description:

Built in 1788, Winchester's Old Stone Church stands as an early example of Shenandoah Valley ecclesiastical architecture. The simple structure is typical of the austere stone meeting houses erected by the Presbyterian settlers up and down the Valley. The building has suffered numerous changes over the years --changes that reflect the history of an active and strife-torn city. However, through a sensitive, scholarly restoration, the building now resembles its original state and thus provides insight into the religious life of Virginia's early Presbyterians. The Scotch-Irish Presbyterians who established their faith in and around Winchester and constructed the Old Stone Church came into the Shenandoah Valley from the Cumberland Valley of Pennsylvania. The church bears numerous similarities to the Paxton Presbyterian Church constructed in 1740 in Paxtang, Pennsylvania. The Virginia Gazette (Winchester Advertiser) announced that on Saturday, the 26th of July 1788, any persons "desirous of becoming undertakers will please to attend with plans and estimates" to the house of iIr. John Donaldson for the purpose of subscribing to build a Presbyterian meeting house. William Holliday, James Holliday, and Robert Sherrard are listed as the Managers. Construction of the building was begun that year as the cornerstone at the lower south corner of the building attests.

Original Nomination
Street address:
306 E. Piccadilly Street
Winchester, VA USA

County / Borough / Parish: City of Winchester

Year listed: 1977

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Religion/Architecture

Periods of significance: 1750-1799

Historic function: Religious Structure

Current function: Religious/Museum

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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