Ebenezer Baptist Churches

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Ebenezer Baptist Churches
Ebenezer Baptist Churches.jpg
The Old Church on the left, and New Church on the right
Ebenezer Baptist Churches is located in Northern Virginia
Ebenezer Baptist Churches
Ebenezer Baptist Churches is located in Virginia
Ebenezer Baptist Churches
Ebenezer Baptist Churches is located in the United States
Ebenezer Baptist Churches
Nearest cityBloomfield, Virginia
Coordinates39°03′29.94″N 77°48′42.18″W / 39.0583167°N 77.8117167°W / 39.0583167; -77.8117167Coordinates: 39°03′29.94″N 77°48′42.18″W / 39.0583167°N 77.8117167°W / 39.0583167; -77.8117167
Area7.2 acres (2.9 ha)
Built1769
Architectural styleGreek Revival
NRHP reference #94000548[1]
VLR #053-0140
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJune 3, 1994
Designated VLRMarch 10, 1994[2]

The Ebenezer Baptist Churches are two Baptist churches in Loudoun County, Virginia, the "Old Ebenzer Church," built before 1769, and the "New Ebenezer Church," built about 1855. The churches are associated with corresponding old and new cemeteries.

History[edit]

The Old Ebenezer Church was originally known as Butcher's Meeting House or Ebenezer Meeting House. The church is mentioned in the 1769 will of Samuel Butcher Sr. as already existing. However, some doubt appears to exist concerning whether the present "old church" is that mentioned in the will, as meeting minutes from 1804-1806 describe "finishing the meeting house." Ebenezer Church was organized in 1804 by nine members of the Goose Creek Baptist Church and eight members of the Ketoctin Baptist Church. By the 1830s a schism had developed among Baptists concerning church practices, with "New School Baptists" opposing "Old School" or "Primitive Baptists." By 1834 the congregation had split into these two camps, but both continued to use the church. A fire in 1855 may have spurred the construction of a new church for the New School congregation immediately adjacent to the old church.[3]

The Ebenezer Baptist Churches were placed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 3, 1994.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  3. ^ Andrus, Ann Miller (January 27, 1994). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Ebenezer Baptist Churches" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 22 September 2011.