“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” ~ Winston Churchill.
Bruton Parish Church, established in 1674, was the first important public building in Williamsburg. The first brick church was built in 1683, with the present structure completed in 1715. A bell cast in 1761, donated by merchant James Tarpley, is still in use today and rang to celebrate both the 1776 signing of the Declaration of Independence, and the 1783 signing of the Treaty of Paris, which marked an end of the American Revolutionary War. .
The tower and steeple we’re looking upon here were added in 1769. This is one of my favorite buildings in Colonial Williamsburg. I love to sit among the very pews where some of our founding fathers and state leaders sought spiritual guidance as they were building up our nation. Puts any of my little woes in perspective real quick! .
Bruton Parish was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970 and has been in continuous use now for 303 years. It is the most active parish in the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia, with almost 2000 members, 4 regular Sunday services, and active youth and college organizations. For more information covering its vast history, amazingly summed up in a pretty easy read, you can visit brutonparish.org. 🇺🇸.
Thanks for reading, Happy Sunday! .