Blandford Church and Cemetery, Petersburg

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The Brick Church erected in 1736 on Well's Hill, now known as Old Blandford Church of Bristol Parish, is located in Petersburg, Virginia adjacent to Blandford Cemetery. During the American Revolution the Battle of Blandford also known as the Battle of Petersburg was fought nearby in 1781. Following the battle Major General William Phillips was ordered back to Petersburg to meet Lord Cornwallis who was moving north From Wilmington, North Carolina. While in Petersburg awaiting the arrival of Cornwallis, Phillips fell ill and died on 13 May 1781. He was secretly buried somewhere in the churchyard.
The church building was abandoned in 1806 after the construction of another Episcopal church in Petersburg when the Town of Blandford in Prince George County was absorbed by Petersburg. Necessary repairs for its preservation were made by the City of Petersburg in 1882. The church originally had clear glass compass windows but after more than 75 years of abandonment and neglect the windows and doors were long gone. As part of the restoration project, the Ladies' Memorial Association solicited funds from each former Confederate state for the creation and installation of a stained glass window in memory of the Confederate soldiers from that state. Louis Comfort Tiffany's studio was commissioned to design the fifteen memorial compass windows. Each of the large windows contains the image of a Saint and symbols associated with the Saint. The four smaller windows were designed to complement the larger ones.
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  • This was my second visit in 12 years to see more than I did years ago. The history of the church is intriguing, yet the story of the Louis Tiffany windows compelling. There is som much to see and abso...  more »
  • The Blandford Church is a hidden gem!! I was told about it at the Hopewell Visitor's center (extremely helpful on getting local information). Blandford Church is only 1 of 9 buildings in the U.S. whos...  more »
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  • Windows are beautiful. Pray for Sun but it was still beautiful on the cloudy day we were there. Nice tour/orientation, which is necessary insight into the stories. Helps if you also have a Saint expert with you:) Tour guides are volunteers. Tour is inexpensive $6. Plus tip still very reasonable outing.
  • Incredible place beautiful windows! And our tour guide was awesome!

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