Written by SoudipNovember 25th 2014
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Jamestown Church Historical Facts and Pictures
Jamestown church, one of the oldest buildings of the United States was fractionally built in 1639 at Jamestown settlement, the colony of Virginia. Owned by the Preservation Virginia, it is a part of the Jamestown National Historic Site.
The original church tower
In the year 1617, the first church was built on this site where the first Representative Legislative Assembly met on July 30, 1619. The construction of the current church tower started in 1639 and took four years to complete. However, the remaining part of the abandoned original church was demolished in 1750, when a new church was erected 3 miles away.
The 20th century reconstructed church
The present church designed by Edmund M. Wheelwright was built by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, in the year 1907. Constructed on the cobblestone and brick foundations of the 1639 church, most of its architecture is inspired from St. Luke’s Church. The foundations of the old church can be viewed from a see-through glass in the floor of the new one. A few yards away there is the famous James River, flowing along, adding to the beauty of the historic setting of this place.
Church interiors in this day
The church is constructed of sun dried bricks that lends the structure an artistic appeal. Nowadays, Virginia offers rental services of this church for weddings, christening, funerals and ceremonial commemorations. It holds 75 seats and 25 stands, a space large enough for these services to be conducted.