Fork Church

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Fork Church
Fork Church HABS VA1.jpg
Fork Church is located in Virginia
Fork Church
Fork Church is located in the US
Fork Church
Location Jct. of VA 738 and VA 658, near Ashland, Virginia
Coordinates 37°51′13″N 77°31′54″W / 37.85361°N 77.53167°W / 37.85361; -77.53167Coordinates: 37°51′13″N 77°31′54″W / 37.85361°N 77.53167°W / 37.85361; -77.53167
Area 10 acres (4.0 ha)
Built 1736 (1736)
NRHP reference # 70000801[1]
VLR # 042-0012
Significant dates
Added to NRHP February 26, 1970
Designated VLR

December 2, 1970


Fork Church is a historic Episcopal church located near Ashland, Hanover County, Virginia. It was built in 1736, and is a one-story, gable roofed brick building. It measures approximately 34 feet by 74 feet and has walls 22 inches thick. The front facade features a small pedimented porch supported on square brick columns, both probably added in the early-19th century. Also on the property is a contributing church cemetery. Among the more-notable persons who often attended services at Fork Church were Patrick Henry, Dolly Madison, and the novelist Thomas Nelson Page. From 1893 to 1903, Fork Church's rector was the Reverend S. S. Hepburn, grandfather of actress Katharine Hepburn.[3]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.[1]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission (November 1969). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Fork Church" (PDF). Virginia Department of Historic Resources.  and Accompanying photo

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