Grub Hill Church 2
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Grub Hill Church (St. John’s Episcopal Church), consecrated in 1852 replaced a wooden structure from 1762. It’s located in the loose-knit community of Chula, in Amelia County, Virginia. Since its erection, the church has gone through relatively few changes and is in a remarkable state of preservation. It’s an excellent example of rural vernacular Gothic Revival style. The church is a one-story rectangular brick building with a front-gable and wooden cornice. The entrance consists of two doorways with the original raised panels as do the transoms. A plain architrave encases the doorways. A double-hung, pointed-arch window with diamond panes is between the two entrances, wood paneling filling the area at the top. Above the doorways but broken by the window is a brick string course. At the corners are brick buttresses with pinnacles featuring insets in the shape of a cross. The rear of the church contains a simple entrance and a storage area with a shed roof. The interior contains original furnishings—pews and carpeting and a reredos and triptych from the 1870s. The cemetery with markers dating to the 1700s is on either side of the building with an 1870s cast-iron fence. The church is used basically for summer services. This church was added to the National Register of Historic Places November 16, 1978 with reference ID # 78003003.
My major source of information is the NRHP nomination form at the Virginia Department of Historic Resources site: www.dhr.virginia.gov/registers/Counties/Amelia/004-0007_S...
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