Chapel of the Centurion

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Chapel of the Centurion
Fort Monroe, Chapel of the Centurion, Off Ruckman Road, Hampton, Hampton, VA.jpg
Fort Monroe, Chapel of the Centurion, HABS Photo
Chapel of the Centurion is located in Virginia
Chapel of the Centurion
Chapel of the Centurion is located in the US
Chapel of the Centurion
Location Fort Monroe, Hampton, Virginia
Coordinates 37°00′10″N 76°18′27″W / 37.00278°N 76.30750°W / 37.00278; -76.30750Coordinates: 37°00′10″N 76°18′27″W / 37.00278°N 76.30750°W / 37.00278; -76.30750
Built 1856
Architect Richard Upjohn
Architectural style Carpenter Gothic
Part of Fort Monroe (#66000912)
NRHP Reference # 10000582[1]
VLR # 114-0002-0001
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 15, 1966, March 28, 2011[3][1]
Designated VLR June 17, 2010[2]

The Chapel of the Centurion is the oldest continually used wooden military structure for religious services in the United States.[4] It is located inside Fort Monroe, a former military installation located in Hampton, Virginia. The Chapel is named for Cornelius the Centurion, who is believed to be the first Gentile to convert to Christianity.[5]


Construction of the chapel began in 1856 and it was consecrated on May 3, 1858. It was designed by noted architect, Richard Upjohn, in the Carpenter Gothic style.[4] Fort Monroe is no longer an active Army post.

It was individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2011.[1]


The Chapel had an active congregation and On March 25, 2012, Lucious B. Morton was installed as the first civilian and first permanent pastor of the Centurion Interdenominational Church.

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  1. ^ a b c "National Register of Historic Places Listings: 3/28/11 through 4/01/11". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties. National Park Service. 2011-04-08. 
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  3. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  4. ^ a b Chapel of the Centurion website
  5. ^ Katherine D. Klepper (n.d.). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Chapel of the Centurion" (PDF). Virginia Department of Historic Resources.  and Accompanying four photos

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