“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Ashland in Hanover County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Slash Church

Slash Church Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, February 14, 2009
1. Slash Church Marker
Inscription. Erected in 1729-32 as the Upper Church of Saint Paul's Parish, Hanover County, Slash Church's location next to swampy woods (a "slash" in 18th-century terms) gave it its name. The Reverend Patrick Henry, uncle of the famous patriot, served as rector from 1737 until 1777. Among its early worshipers the church claims Patrick Henry, Dolley Madison, and Henry Clay, all once residents of the area. During the Civil War, Slash Church was used as a hospital and gave a nearby battle its name. This white weatherboarded structure survives as the oldest and best-preserved frame colonial church in Virginia, and the only one to escape enlargement.
Erected 1998 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number E 105.)
Location. 37° 42.935′ N, 77° 24.788′ W. Marker is near Ashland, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker is at the intersection of Peaks Road (County Route 657) and Mount Hermon Road (County Route 656), on the right when traveling west on Peaks Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ashland VA 23005, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Clay's Birthplace (approx. 1.7 miles away but has been reported missing); Hanover Veterans Memorial
Peaks Road & Mount Hermon Road. Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, February 14, 2009
2. Peaks Road & Mount Hermon Road.
(approx. 1.9 miles away); Janie Porter Barrett (approx. 2.7 miles away); Cornwallis’s Route (approx. 3.7 miles away); John Henry Smyth (approx. 3.7 miles away); Rutland (approx. 3.9 miles away); The Colonial River Road (approx. 3.9 miles away); Jackson's March to Mechanicsville (approx. 4 miles away).
Also see . . .  The History of Slash Church built 1729 to present. This history is available to download in Word.doc or PDF format & has been updated as of 2011. Slash holds services at 10:45 am every Sunday as Disciples of Christ since its purchase in 1842 & is open for tours by appointment. (Submitted on April 25, 2011, by Dianne A Jones of Hanover, Virginia.) 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Colonial Era
Slash Church Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, February 14, 2009
3. Slash Church
Slash Church Plaque. Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, February 14, 2009
4. Slash Church Plaque.
Slash Church today. Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, February 14, 2009
5. Slash Church today.
Slash Church Battlefield (Battle of Hanover Courthouse) Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, September 25, 2010
6. Slash Church Battlefield (Battle of Hanover Courthouse)
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,362 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   6. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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