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

First Church in Rockingham County

First Church in Rockingham County Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Dan Fisher, June 20, 2010
1. First Church in Rockingham County Marker
Inscription. The first church in Rockingham County was built on this site in 1747 on land owned by Captain Daniel Harrison of the colonial militia. Serving as a "Chapel of Ease" for Augusta Parish, the first building is believed to have been built of logs. The chapel was replaced by a larger frame building some 20 years later. Following the Revolutionary War, the church was used by a Methodist congregation; it was sold and functioned as a barn until it was torn down about 1900.
Erected 1990 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number D 7.)
Location. 38° 25.208′ N, 78° 56.465′ W. Marker is in Dayton, Virginia, in Rockingham County. Marker is at the intersection of Bowman Road (Virginia Route 732) and Cemetery Drive, on the left when traveling west on Bowman Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dayton VA 22821, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Daniel Bowman Mill at Silver Lake (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Shenandoah College and Shenandoah Conservatory of Music (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Harrison (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lt. Col. Thomas F. Wildes
The Dayton Cemetery of Virginia Photo, Click for full size
By Dan Fisher, June 20, 2010
2. The Dayton Cemetery of Virginia
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Dayton (approx. half a mile away); Death of Lt. Meigs (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named Death of Lt. Meigs (approx. 1.1 miles away); Site Where Lt. John Rodgers Meigs Was Killed (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Dayton.
Categories. Churches, Etc.Colonial Era
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 625 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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