The Church and State
in Colonial and Revolutionary Tidewater Virginia
From the first church at Jamestowne in 1608, the Church of England was the official religion, established by law and supported by taxation. The churches were the architectural centers of each community. Until the Revolution, most towns were essentially governed by the Parish Vestry.
In the 18th century, Presbyterians, Baptists, and other dissenting religions began to challenge the Church of England’s authority and traditional role. In the Revolutionary period, Virginians brought forth religious liberty with landmark legislation that shaped our new nation in profound ways.
Sunday, October 22nd at 3:00pm
Dr. Carl Lounsbury, recently retired as the Senior Architectural Historian at Colonial Williamsburg, will discuss Regionalism in Early American Ecclesiastical Architecture will share an in-depth study of how the meeting houses and churches in early Tidewater and beyond were shaped by regionalism in terms of material, construction technology, and decorative details.
ALL PRESENTATIONS FOR OUR FALL PROGRAMS WILL BE HELD
Sundays at 3:00 p.m. at
The Hennage Auditorium of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg
All programs are free and open to the public