Emmanuel Church (Greenwood, Virginia)

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Emmanuel Church
Emmanuel Church Greenwood VA Nov 10.JPG
Emmanuel Church, November 2010
Emmanuel Church (Greenwood, Virginia) is located in Virginia
Emmanuel Church (Greenwood, Virginia)
Nearest city US 250, Greenwood, Virginia
Coordinates 38°1′59″N 78°45′48″W / 38.03306°N 78.76333°W / 38.03306; -78.76333Coordinates: 38°1′59″N 78°45′48″W / 38.03306°N 78.76333°W / 38.03306; -78.76333
Area 6 acres (2.4 ha)
Built 1863
Architect Wood, Waddy
Architectural style Colonial Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 82004535[1]
VLR # 002-0399
Significant dates
Added to NRHP July 8, 1982
Designated VLR January 20, 1981, 1981[2]

Emmanuel Church is a historic Episcopal church located at Greenwood in Albemarle County, Virginia. Emmanuel Episcopal Church is a parish church in the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia.

The mission of Emmanuel Episcopal Church is: ""May we strive to live in Christ and do his work from this place."[3]

History of Emmanuel Church[edit]

In the 1850s church members began meeting in homes and then in a Baptist church in Hillsboro. The first service in the new building was on Christmas Day 1863 with preaching by Reverend Dabney C. T. Davis. In 1868 the church entered into an agreement with St. Paul’s – Ivy to share a rector and resources. In 1899 the church planted St. Georges Chapel where services were held from 1899 to 1941. In 1900 Archdeacon Neve established the Church of the Holy Cross near Batesville as a mission of Emmanuel.[3]

The original church was built in 1863, with additions and modifications made in 1905 and 1911. The 1911 modifications were largely financed by children of Chiswell Langhorne, including Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor. These modifications were designed by noted architect Waddy Butler Wood (1869-1944). The church consists of a narthex located in the bell tower, nave with gallery, and chancel flanked by two small rooms. It is a rectangular brick building with a slate roof. The parish hall was doubled in size and restorations made to the church about 1940 by Charlottesville architect Milton L. Grigg (1905-1982). Arcades connect the church to the parish hall and form a cloistered courtyard.[4] It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.[1]


  • Rev. Dabney C. T. Davis, 1860-1864
  • Rev. Frederick W. Neve, 1888 – 1905
  • Rev. Walter Russell Bowie, 1908-1911
  • Deaconess Margaretta James and Miss Hallie Worsham, 1918-1937
  • Rev. H. Lee Marston, 1937-1969
  • Rev. Howard A. LaRue, 1969-1995
  • Rev. Charles A. Mullaly, 1997-2012
  • Rev. Sarah Kinney Gaventa, 2005-2009
  • Rev. Peter M. Carey, 2009-2012
  • Rev. Christopher Garcia, 2013-


References and Sources[edit]

  • Jubilee – The Emmanuel Family – 1860-1985 – a comprehensive record of Emmanuel’s history from 1860 – 1985 compiled by Rev. Howard LaRue.
  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 05-12-2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ a b http://emmanuelgreenwood.org/about/history/
  4. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form". Emmanuel Church. Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Historic Resources. 2010-11-27.  See also: "Accompanying photos". 

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