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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.Using our international travel planner, Petersburg attractions like Blandford Church and Cemetery can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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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We stopped in Petersburg primarily to tour the National Battlefield and based on TA reviews added Blandford Church and Cemetery to our schedule. It did not disappoint! We knew docents were...
We stopped in Petersburg primarily to tour the National Battlefield and based on TA reviews added Blandford Church and Cemetery to our schedule. It did not disappoint! We knew docents were... more »
There are so many distinctive things to note about this church and surrounding cemetery. The stained glass windows are mezmerizing and showcase the gifted craftsmanship of Louis Comfort Tiffany. I...
There are so many distinctive things to note about this church and surrounding cemetery. The stained glass windows are mezmerizing and showcase the gifted craftsmanship of Louis Comfort Tiffany. I... more »
Stopped in for a tour as we passed through Petersburg. We had the most professional and personable tour guide in Vernon, who spent over an hour sharing the history of the chapel and its Tiffany windows with us. So glad we visited.
Such an amazing experience to see the inside of the church. Well worth the $10 for the tour.
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