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Emmanuel Church (Greenwood, Virginia)

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Built  1863
VLR #  002-0399
Opened  1863
Phone  +1 540-456-6334
NRHP Reference #  82004535
Designated VLR  January 20, 1981, 1981
Area  2 ha
Added to NRHP  8 July 1982
Emmanuel Church (Greenwood, Virginia)
Nearest city  US 250, Greenwood, Virginia
Address  7599 Rockfish Gap Turnpike, Greenwood, VA 22943, USA
Architectural style  Colonial Revival architecture
Similar  Diocese of Virginia, Blue Ridge Mountains, Grace Episcopal Church, Trinity Episcopal Church, Buck Mountain Episcopal

Emmanuel Church is a historic Episcopal church located at Greenwood in Albemarle County, Virginia. Emmanuel Episcopal Church is a parish church in the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia.


The mission of Emmanuel Episcopal Church is: ""May we strive to live in Christ and do his work from this place."

History of Emmanuel Church

In the 1850s church members began meeting in homes and then in a Baptist church in Hillsboro. The first service in the new building was on Christmas Day 1863 with preaching by Reverend Dabney C. T. Davis. In 1868 the church entered into an agreement with St. Paul’s – Ivy to share a rector and resources. In 1899 the church planted St. Georges Chapel where services were held from 1899 to 1941. In 1900 Archdeacon Neve established the Church of the Holy Cross near Batesville as a mission of Emmanuel.

The original church was built in 1863, Thomas Conrad Bowen (Grandfather of James Armistead Shirley Sr. of Greenwood) gave the original building materials for the Church, with additions and modifications made in 1905 and 1911. The 1911 modifications were largely financed by children of Chiswell Langhorne, including Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor. These modifications were designed by noted architect Waddy Butler Wood (1869-1944). The church consists of a narthex located in the bell tower, nave with gallery, and chancel flanked by two small rooms. It is a rectangular brick building with a slate roof. The parish hall was doubled in size and restorations made to the church about 1940 by Charlottesville architect Milton L. Grigg (1905-1982). Arcades connect the church to the parish hall and form a cloistered courtyard. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.


  • Rev. Dabney C. T. Davis, 1860-1864
  • Rev. Frederick W. Neve, 1888 – 1905
  • Rev. Walter Russell Bowie, 1908-1911
  • Deaconess Margaretta James and Miss Hallie Worsham, 1918-1937
  • Rev. H. Lee Marston, 1937-1969
  • Rev. Howard A. LaRue, 1969-1995
  • Rev. Charles A. Mullaly, 1997-2012
  • Rev. Sarah Kinney Gaventa, 2005-2009
  • Rev. Peter M. Carey, 2009-2012
  • Rev. Christopher Garcia, 2013-
  • References

    Emmanuel Church (Greenwood, Virginia) Wikipedia

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