Westover Parish Church

Scenes from Westover Parish Church, Charles City, Virginia. June 23, 2009.

On our anniversary trip in 2007 Betsy and I drove toward Richmond after leaving Jamestown-Yorktown-Williamsburg.  Our route took us parallel to the James River, which was the ‘highway’ of colonial Virginia.

About halfway to Richmond we came to Westover Parish Church.  I knew that Westover was one of the earliest Virginia plantations, so we decided to stop.

Westover Parish was formed in 1613 and a church was constructed between 1630 and 1637 on Westover Plantation.  The present church building was completed about 1730.  Between 1803 and 1833 the church was abandoned and used part of the time as a barn.  But in 1833 the building was repaired and restored and religious services were revived.  Westover Church was badly wrecked by Federal troops during the Civil War, but it was restored again in 1867 and has been in continuous use ever since.

Through the years farmers, plantation owners, slaves and presidents have worshipped at Westover Church.  The presidents include George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler (whose plantation is nearby) and Theodore Roosevelt.

To see these pictures and others, click HERE.


I’m grateful to the people who love and preserve the history of this wonderful country.

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10 Responses to “Westover Parish Church”

  1. MaryBeth Says:

    Lots of history in that little church. Something built in the 1800s out this way would be considered old. I cannot imagine the 1600s. Very neat.

    I see you have the collage mode down pat. Looks good. MB

  2. Darla Says:

    That’s some history in that Church…if boards could talk!

  3. storyteller Says:

    Seems like a place worth visiting. I can’t recall whether or not I commented on your windchimes and icicles post … glad you got some blue skies … and hope the chimes work to keep the woodpeckers at bay.
    Hugs and blessings,

  4. Jen Says:

    I agree, it is great that so many historical places are preserved.!
    Nice pictures and history lesson George.

  5. Becky Says:

    What a beautiful serene place to visit…love the photos!!! Your Betsy is especially beautiful in these photos!!!

  6. Happyone Says:

    Simple and beautiful!

  7. busy bee suz Says:

    This is a beautiful collage!!! Love that magnolia!

  8. Rose Says:

    What a life that church has had…and it is so beautiful!

  9. Karin Says:

    The collage is beautiful! That Magnolia is stunning – love those flowers! What a lovely church and enjoyed reading about its history!

  10. Cheryl Says:

    I like the collage. How fortunate we are to live in a country with such history that is preserved for all to see.

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