The origins of St. John’s church began in 1610 on the Virginia peninsula, just three years after the founding of the Jamestown settlement. ┬áThis makes it the oldest English speaking church parish in North America (the oldest church is the Spanish San Miguel Mission in Sante Fe, New Mexico). ┬áThe current church is the fourth parish site. Only excavated foundations remain of the second and third churches, located in other parts of Hampton.

The present chuch, built of solid brick masonry, was initially constructed in 1728. It was damaged by British troops in the War of Independence and the War of 1812 but survived intact. In 1861 the church was one of the few structures in Hampton to survive when the citizens set fire to the town to prevent its use by Union troops. A belfry constructed in 1762 was destroyed in that fire and was not rebuilt. The current tower on the east facade was built in the early 20th Century.

South Facade

West Entrance

Windows on the South Facade

East Facade with early 20th Century Tower Addition

View of the Sanctuary from the Altar

Altar

Altar viewed from the Sanctuary

Sanctuary viewed from the Gallery

Stained Glass depicting the Babtism of Pocohantas

Jomes Memorial Stained Glass Window

Semple Memorial and Clergy Memorial Stained Glass Windows

Church viewed from the Southwest Graveyard

 

 

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St. John’s Church

Hampton, Virginia

1728