May 3, 2015

Calvary Episcopal Church

church interior

This fine limestone church in Front Royal was built in the 1890's, replacing a frame structure that burned. That church was built in 1854.

Calvary Church was open for tours during Historic Garden Week in Virginia. I was delighted by the high beamed ceiling and the beautiful stained glass windows. There's also a very pleasant walled garden.

It's said that during the Civil War the church was used to stable horses and also served as a military hospital. This was not unusual — a similar indignity was pressed upon St. Thomas Chapel in Middletown and the little church in Waterlick. In fact, after large battles, almost every public building and many homes in some towns became a temporary hospital! 


  1. A lovely church both inside and out. Very nice stained glass.


  2. Love everything about the exterior look you've shown us.

  3. it is beautiful! love that ceiling!

  4. Love those stained glass windows! Nice photos of a lovely church.

  5. Lovely post and gorgeous photos!

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

  6. A gorgeous sanctuary... beautifully cared for too.

  7. Interesting how Episcopal church have a certain look. Tom The Backroads Traveller

  8. Beautiful church, and I love the stained glass!


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