Aquia Church

Aquia Church is a historic church and congregation at 2938 Jefferson Davis Highway (US 1 at VA 610) in Stafford, Virginia, USA. It is an Episcopal congregation founded in 1711, that meets in an architecturally exceptional Georgian brick building that was built in the 1750s. The building was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1991 for its architectural importance.[1][4] It maintains an active congregation with a variety of programs and outreach to the community.[5]

Aquia Church
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Aquia Church in 2011
Aquia Church is located in Northern Virginia
Aquia Church
Aquia Church is located in Virginia
Aquia Church
Aquia Church is located in the United States
Aquia Church
Nearest cityAquia, Virginia
Coordinates38°27′52.56″N 77°24′10.98″W / 38.4646000°N 77.4030500°W / 38.4646000; -77.4030500Coordinates: 38°27′52.56″N 77°24′10.98″W / 38.4646000°N 77.4030500°W / 38.4646000; -77.4030500
Area8.5 acres (3.4 ha)[1]
(Interior rebuilt, 1757)
ArchitectMourning Richards; William Copein
Architectural styleGeorgian
NRHP reference No.69000282
VLR No.089-0008
Significant dates
Added to NRHPNovember 12, 1969[3]
Designated NHLJuly 5, 1991[4]
Designated VLRMay 13, 1969[2]

Description and historyEdit

Aquia Church is located west of Aquia Harbour and north of Stafford, at the northeast corner of United States Route 1 and the end of State Route 610, just east of Interstate 95. It is set back from the road on a wooded hilltop. It is a two-story cruciform structure, built out of bricks laid in Flemish bond, with sandstone trim elements. The roof is hipped, and a short square tower rises from one end, topped by a cross-gabled roof, circular cupola, and cross. The building corners are quoined in stone, and the first-floor windows are set in rectangular openings with keystones. The second-floor windows are round-arched, also with stone keystones at the tops. The building is set on a 20th-century concrete foundation with a brick water table, replacing its original foundation in 1915-16.[1]

The building's cruciform plan is not common for colonial period churches, and it is also rare for churches from that period to have a full second story.[1] The church was built on the site of two earlier Anglican churches of Overwharton Parish, which was formed before 1680 by the division of Potomac Parish and received its first permanent minister in 1711. Its exterior was built 1751-55, using sandstone quarried nearby for the trim. In 1757 the building was gutted by fire, and was rebuilt in the surviving shell. The interior is largely original, and has richly detailed woodwork, including one of the finest known colonial period pedimented altarpieces in the state.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Sarah S. Driggs; John S. Salmon; Calder C. Loth; Carolyn Pitts (August 27, 1990). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Aquia Church" (pdf). National Park Service. Cite journal requires |journal= (help) and Accompanying 8 photos, exterior and interior, from 1990 (32 KB)
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 5 June 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
  4. ^ a b "Aquia Church". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-02-18. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Aquia Episcopal Church, accessed 16 Mar 2010

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