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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Old Brick Church

The Old Brick Church was built ca 1632 near Smithfield, Virginia, in the Isle of Wight County. This parish chuch was the center of social life until the American Revolution. All colonists in the parish district were required to attend and to pay an annual tithe.  Virginians put more energy into the building and running of their plantations than they did the local parish.  In fact, the outbuildings were often built better than the manor house. During the war, many of the old tombstones of British loyalists around the church were torn down and disposed of so today you do not see oldest burials.
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