Old Providence Stone Church

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Old Providence Stone Church
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Old Providence Stone Church is located in Virginia
Old Providence Stone Church
Old Providence Stone Church is located in the US
Old Providence Stone Church
Nearest city Spottswood, Virginia
Coordinates 37°57′40″N 79°13′36″W / 37.96111°N 79.22667°W / 37.96111; -79.22667Coordinates: 37°57′40″N 79°13′36″W / 37.96111°N 79.22667°W / 37.96111; -79.22667
Area 10 acres (4.0 ha)
Built 1793
NRHP Reference # 72001383[1]
VLR # 007-0025
Significant dates
Added to NRHP December 5, 1972
Designated VLR August 15, 1972[2]

Old Providence Stone Church is a historic church in Spottswood, Virginia in Augusta County, Virginia.

A log structure was built in the area by 1743 for early settlers known as the South Mountain Meeting House. In 1746 the congregation split, and the stone building was built in 1793 on land donated by Patrick and Susana Hall. In 1844, Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church of the South. In 1859, a new building was built for services, and a school used the stone building until the American Civil War, and then a store and residence. From 1888 it was used as a high school for the valley until the early 20th century, and then a meeting room until a fire in 1959 destroyed the interior.[3]

The building is a simple gable structure with 18-inch (46 cm) thick walls, about 25 feet (7.6 m) wide and 70 feet (21 m) long. It was added to the National Register on December 5, 1972.[3]

Robert McCormick (1780–1846), patriarch of the McCormick family which includes Cyrus McCormick, is buried in the cemetery, along with other members of the family.[4] The McCormick Estate just to the south is now a historic museum and experimental farm.[5] The parents of sewing machine inventor James Edward Allen Gibbs are also buried in the small stone walled cemetery near the old church. A new church and larger modern cemetery are across the State Route 919 (known as "Old Providence Road) to the east.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 2013-05-12. 
  3. ^ a b c "Old Providence Stone Church nomination form" (PDF). National Park Service. June 30, 1972. Retrieved January 1, 2011.  and Accompanying photo
  4. ^ Robert McCormick, Jr at Find a Grave
  5. ^ Frank S. Melvin (June 30, 1972). "McCormick (Cyrus) Farm and Workshop / Walnut Grove nomination form" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved January 1, 2011. 

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