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

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The Presbyterian Church of Fredericksburg was formally organized in 1808. The first building was a small frame structure built at the corner of Amelia and Charles Streets on land given by Ann Mercer Patton.

By 1832 the congregation had outgrown the original building and a new sanctuary, the present church, was constructed at the corner of George and Princess Anne Streets on land donated by John Spotswood Wellford and Hugh Mercer Patton. The building was dedicated on July 26, 1833. The Amelia Street site of the original church was used to build the Female Orphan Asylum. Funds from the subsequent sale of that property are still administered by a board of women members of the church.

The church fared badly during the Civil War. The church bell was given to the Confederacy to be melted down for cannon. In December 1862, when the town was subjected to fierce artillery bombardment prior to the Battle of Fredericksburg, the church was heavily shelled. Later the church was used as a hospital. It was here that Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, first came to care for the Union wounded. The church still bears the scars of battle where two cannon balls were embedded in one of its pilasters.

The year 1864 brought the most serious devastation. Federal stragglers and wounded poured into Fredericksburg from the fearsome fighting around Spotsylvania. The church interior was sacked, the pews used for coffins, and the roof partially destroyed. The close of the war found the congregation scattered, without a pastor, and the building in ruins.By 1866, a new pastor had been called, and the sanctuary was rebuilt, largely through funds donated by friends in the North. The bell was replaced in 1870.

In 1976, the church building was named to the American Presbyterian/Reformed Sites Registry by the Presbyterian Historical Society. A plaque so stating was dedicated on Sunday, July 4, 1976.

Text © 1996 Dianne Harrah, Drawing © 1996 Bill Harrah

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