Published on February 23, 2016

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This church and cemetery were severly damaged during the First and Second Battles of Kernstown.

Considered the earliest Presbyterian church west of the Blue Ridge, it is often referred to as the “Mother Church of the Valley.”  The building that stands now dates from 1897.  The church that was there during the war was the third church on the site, built in 1790 it was originally constructed of stone.  As the war began, the Opequon church joined with other southern congregations to form the Presbyterian Church of the Confederate States of America.  During the First Kernstown Battle, the church and cemetery were enveloped by the fighting leaving the building and cemetery heavily damaged.  Following Second Kernstown, the church was further damaged and the interior stripped of anything useful to the military.  Services were discontinued.  During the Union occupation of the area that followed, the church ruins were used to stable horses.  In 1866, some of the congregation members decided to rebuild the church and had just finished in 1873 when fire destroyed the building.

Open:

Monday to Friday, office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sunday services at 8:30 and 11 a.m.

Admission Fee/Ticket Price:

Free

Address:

217 Opequon Church lane
Winchester, VA 22602

Phone:

540-662-1843