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. . . HOUSES OF WORSHIP . . . (Click on an image to see the actual notecard size)
Fredericksburg Baptist Church
Fredericksburg, Virginia

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Founded in 1804, the Fredericksburg Baptist Church located to its present site in 1855 when the present sanctuary building was built. Prior to its move, 75 percent of the membership consisted of slaves and free blacks. With the completion of the new building, the old one was sold to the black members for their own house of worship while the white members relocated to this building. The balcony located at the rear of the sanctuary interior was not used as a slave gallery as many suppose, but rather as the location of the choir and organ.

Constructed of stucco-covered brick, the building was the second largest church building in Fredericksburg. The sanctuary on the upper level featured 28-foot ceilings and tall arched windows. The single-story lower level was used as an informal gathering room and also housed the Sunday school. The steeple housed a 1700-pound bell made in New York, which is still in use today.

The building was less than ten years old when the Civil War began. During the Battle of Fredericksburg in December 1862, the church building suffered extensive damage as the result of an artillery bombardment of the town. Windows were shattered and the roof and walls sustained several holes from cannon balls. The pews were torn out and the sanctuary later used as a Federal field hospital. Services, which had been suspended following the battle, resumed two months after the warÕs end.

Since 1865, the church has continued to hold regular services in the sanctuary and a chapel that now occupies the lower level. With the exception of modern utilities, the buildingÕs interior and exterior features are much the same as they were when first constructed.

Text © 1996 Dianne Harrah, Drawing © 1996 Bill Harrah

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