Morgan Chapel and Graveyard

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Morgan Chapel and Graveyard
Morgan Chapel at Bunker Hill West Virginia.jpg
Morgan Chapel and Graveyard is located in West Virginia
Morgan Chapel and Graveyard
Morgan Chapel and Graveyard is located in the United States
Morgan Chapel and Graveyard
Location185 Runnymeade Road (Northern side of Secondary Route 26 west of its junction with U.S. Route 11), Bunker Hill, West Virginia
Coordinates39°20′1″N 78°3′28″W / 39.33361°N 78.05778°W / 39.33361; -78.05778Coordinates: 39°20′1″N 78°3′28″W / 39.33361°N 78.05778°W / 39.33361; -78.05778
Area2 acres (0.81 ha)
Architectural styleGreek Revival
NRHP reference #84003480[1]
Added to NRHPJanuary 12, 1984

Morgan Chapel and Graveyard — also known as Christ Episcopal Church-Bunker Hill — is a historic church in Bunker Hill, Berkeley County, West Virginia. It is the oldest Episcopal church congregation in West Virginia.

rear view from graveyard

In 1741 Morgan Morgan, one of West Virginia's earliest settlers, built the original log church on this site, about halfway between his cabin and the mill. Soon a cemetery was established.

The current Greek Revival building was constructed in 1851. Morgan Morgan I, II, III, and IV are all buried in the church cemetery, although the historic marker for Morgan Morgan is over a mile away near the town center and mill. Morgan Morgan's descendants later founded Morgantown, West Virginia.[2] Also buried in the graveyard is noted American portrait artist John Drinker (1760-1826), a Quaker who may have been a conductor on the Underground Railroad along with his wife Elizabeth and whose former house is also on the National Register of Historic Places.[3][4]

During the American Civil War, both Union and Confederate troops encamped nearby and some in the chapel, as shown by recently uncovered graffiti. The diocese is currently seeking funds for further restoration.[5] The closest local Episcopal parish is now Zion Episcopal Church in Charles Town, West Virginia, several miles eastward on the Winchester Pike, which celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2015. Until recently, that parish had used this chapel for at least one worship service each year (in September); other denominations and special events occasionally used it until the restoration commenced.[6]

Morgan Chapel was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984,[1]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ Frances D. Ruth (September 1983). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Morgan Chapel and Graveyard" (PDF). State of West Virginia, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2011-06-02.
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  4. ^ EARLY SOUTHERN DECORATIVE ARTS, November 1981, Volume VII, Number 2, The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts: "John Drinker, Portrait Painter and Limner," by E. Bryding Adams at the Internet Archive
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