Barter Theatre (Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church) - Abingdon, Virginia
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member UberHOKIE
N 36° 42.640 W 081° 58.488
17S E 412937 N 4063219
Quick Description: The Sinking Spring Cemetery marks the site of the first church building bearing the Sinking Spring name. Built as a log structure in the early 1700's, it was supplanted by a larger building sometime in the 1780's. This continued as the church site until 1831-1833 when the third building was built on Main Street and which building has now become the Barter Theater. The State Theatre of Virginia.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 6/27/2008 1:24:15 PM
Waymark Code: WM42B6
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
Views: 35

Long Description:
Later it was sold to "The Sons of Temperance" and was called "Temperance Hall" for many years. Still later it was turned over to the town and has gradually changed into its present state of usefulness both as Barter Theatre. In 1837 the church divided in the "new school - old school" controversy, part remaining at the Barter location and part moving out. The new school group moved and built Sinking spring Presbyterian church at the present location. Rev. James S. McChain was pastor of the new School Denomination which moved. The group that moved built the fourth church structure at what is the present location of this church and dedicated it in 1851. This was the Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church . Built on the lines of the Greek rectangular plan of so many of the Presbyterian churches now found in the Valley of Virginia, it had a lovely, tall steeple over the front entrance. The two churches, weakened by the split of 1837 and the woes of war in 1861-65, were reunited here in a service held April 9, 1865, the same day of the surrender of General Lee to Grant at Appomattox. The Reverend James McChain, a "Yankee" preacher from upstate New York, pastor here from 1843-1869, saw both the new building here in 1851 and the reunification of the church before his death in 1869.
Date the Church was built, dedicated or cornerstone laid: 01/01/1833

Age of Church building determined by?: Church website

If denomination of Church is not part of the name, please provide it here: Presbyterian

Street address of Church:
127 West Main Street
Abingdon, Va USA

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