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Spotsylvania in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Booth Hall

 
 
Booth Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., November 18, 2007
1. Booth Hall Marker
Inscription.
To the Glory of God
and
In loving memory of
The Rev. Arthur E. Booth
by whose devoted and untiring efforts
this Parish House was erected

 
Erected by Christ Episcopal Church.
 
Location. 38° 12.003′ N, 77° 35.283′ W. Marker is in Spotsylvania, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is on Courthouse Road (Virginia Route 208), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8951 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania VA 22553, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Spotsylvania County Jail (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Spotsylvania Courthouse and Jail (about 400 feet away); Battle of Spotsylvania (about 600 feet away); Spotsylvania County Honor Roll (about 600 feet away); Lee’s Headquarters (about 600 feet away); Spotsylvania Court House (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Spotsylvania Court House (about 700 feet away); Forever young, (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Spotsylvania.
 
Regarding Booth Hall. During its over 165 years of existence, Christ Church has been temporarily closed several times.
Booth Hall and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., November 18, 2007
2. Booth Hall and Marker
When it first closed in 1884, one mother complained, “This is the worst place in the world, where the cuckoo never sings, the primrose never blooms, and the babies are never baptized.” The last time the Church closed was in the late 1950s, when the congregation has dwindled to just six women. These women kept the church clean and donated dimes for the privilege of doing the cleaning. It was at this time that the Reverend Arthur Booth was assigned to reopen and serve Christ Church. During his tenure, the congregation grew from just a handful to around 35 parishioners. The Reverend Booth spearheaded the effort to build the present parish hall, which is named in his honor.
 
Also see . . .  Christ Church History. (Submitted on December 3, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
 
Additional comments.
1. Private Harrison Loses His Home
Private Edgar Harrison and his family lived on the Harrison Farm, about a mile north of the Church. Private Harrison's unit took up position on Myers Hill, located behind Christ Church, into positions set up to defend the Confederate flank during the battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse.

Only a few days later, Ann Harrison greeted Robert E. Lee and his staff as they led their horses to her doorstep and declared the house to be their headquarters.
Christ Episcopal Church image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., November 18, 2007
3. Christ Episcopal Church
Next door to Booth Hall is the Christ Episcopal Church, built in 1841 of bricks made in a nearby clay field.
The Confederates then encircled the Harrison Farm with trenches to counter the encroaching Union Army.

From his position on Myer’s hill, scant miles from his own farm, Private Harrison watched in horror as, during the ensuing battle, flames and smoke consumed his home. His wife and daughters, however, miraculously survived.
    — Submitted December 3, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.

 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Notable PersonsWar, US Civil
 
Pvt. Edgar W. Harrison, Co. E, 9th VA Cav, CSA image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., November 18, 2007
4. Pvt. Edgar W. Harrison, Co. E, 9th VA Cav, CSA
To the right of the Sanctuary are the four graves of Pvt. Harrison, his wife, and their two daughters, ages 3 and 6 at the time of the Battle of Spotsylvania.
 
 
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