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Epworth United Methodist Church, 1894

 
 
Epworth United Methodist Church, 1894 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Laura Troy, November 4, 2007
1. Epworth United Methodist Church, 1894 Marker
Inscription. This 1894 Richardsonian Romanesque granite and sandstone church was designed by Norfolk architects James E. R. Carpenter and John V. Peebles. It was built to accommodate the growing congregation of the 1850 Granby Street Methodist Church at the northeast corner of Granby and Freemason Streets. Both churches originated from the 1802 Cumberland Street Methodist Church, the first Methodist congregation in Norfolk.

The congregation named their new house of worship “Epworth,” after the English home of John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. Gothic features on the 135-foot carillon tower include eight gargoyles. In the sanctuary, a stained glass dome designed by Edward J.N. Stent of New York is supported by arches bearing mosaic likenesses of female figures representing the cardinal virtues of faith, hope, love and charity. The Aeolian-Skinner organ was considered to be the finest in the South at the time of its installation in 1959.

Epworth members organized Norfolk’s first chapter of Goodwill Industries and the city’s first Circle of the King’s Daughters. They also participated in the establishment of Virginia Wesleyan College.

(Caption, left picture): Cumberland Street Methodist Church (1802 - 1850)

(Caption, center picture): Church Interior, 1952

(Caption, right picture): Granby Street Methodist Church (1850 - 1894)

Illustrations courtesy
The Church image. Click for full size.
By Laura Troy, November 4, 2007
2. The Church
of Epworth United Methodist Church
 
Erected by City of Norfolk.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia, Norfolk Heritage Cannonball Trail marker series.
 
Location. 36° 51.062′ N, 76° 17.366′ W. Marker is in Norfolk, Virginia. Marker is on E Freemason St, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Norfolk VA 23510, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Norfolk College for Young Ladies (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Moses Myers, House 1792 (about 700 feet away); Whitehead House, 1791 (about 700 feet away); Freemason Street Baptist Church (about 800 feet away); Governor Tazewell (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tripoli Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Taylor-Whittle House, 1791 (approx. 0.2 miles away); West Freemason Street Historic District (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Norfolk.
 
More about this marker. This marker is part of the Norfolk Heritage Cannonball Trail
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.
 
Epworth United Methodist Church, 1894 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 10, 2010
3. Epworth United Methodist Church, 1894 Marker
Epworth Church Centennial 1894-1994 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 10, 2010
4. Epworth Church Centennial 1894-1994 Marker
In Memory of Eliza O Scott image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 10, 2010
5. In Memory of Eliza O Scott
April 7, 1822* June 1 1899 Whose Holy life, abounding zeal and tender sympathy marking her as a daughter of the king; and made her life a benediction to all. "Thy statues have been my songs in the house of Pilgrimage."
Epworth United Methodist Church image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 10, 2010
6. Epworth United Methodist Church
Epworth United Methodist Church image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 10, 2010
7. Epworth United Methodist Church
<i>Epworth Church, Norfolk, Va.</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1920
8. Epworth Church, Norfolk, Va.
 
 
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