Westover Parish Episcopal - Charles City County, VA. (c.1731)

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RDrayerIII on September 26, 2011

It seems like the Episcopal Church makes all the photo-worthy buildings.

r.w. dawson on September 26, 2011

There is a sameness to many of the colonial period Episcopal churches. I wonder who/how they were paid for when they were built? They seem to have a good sized church yards and prime locations. Supposedly they were to be spaced about 12 to 15 miles apart so they would be easily accessible to the people. Was it the English Crown who built them? In colonial times, in Virginia there was a fine for not attending Church of England services, this could have been how they paid for these churches. (There were special rules for Presbyterians and if your faith did not fit neatly into one of those two the court would declare you a Presbyterian. This explains why we don't have any old Catholic or German based Churches in VA.) There are a few Colonial period Episcopal churches that are outstandingly different... such as Christ's Church in Alexandria, Vauter's Church in Essex County and Aquia Church in Stafford. All three of these are known for having wealthy patrons in their congregations who wanted these churches to stand out.

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  • Uploaded on July 25, 2011
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    by r.w. dawson
    • Camera: Samsung Techwin <KENOX S630 / Samsung S630>
    • Taken on 2011/07/20 02:53:53
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    • Focal Length: 7.20mm
    • F/Stop: f/3.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO80
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