Where soldiers lie ~ The little white church.

We toured this sweet, white church during a Pre-Civil war tour here in the Roanoke Valley (Virginia) last year.  Any day I can incorporate a bit of history and architecture into my day, it’s never a dull one.

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What makes this building so special, other than the in, outs, ups and downs of details grooved into woodwork, is a particular bench with a history of somnolent occupants.  Sleeping soldiers, to be more precise..

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According to our tour booklet, 800 Confederate soldiers also received comfort here after the battle at Hanging Rock.

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Notice the window panes (photo below) toward the top, right of the pulpit.  Clerestory windows?  No, those windows actually open to reveal second floor seating beyond.

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I can’t resist the light and charm a window brings to a room… but check out the number of panes!!  I love when I see a six over six or nine over nine window!  But an 81 over 81?!  That is one fabulous gridded prism!

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As you can see by the follow photos, the little church has sprouted further into the hill over the years.    P1040048

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What thrills me just as much as a historical building?  One with nuggets of antique items scattered within.

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