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Lynchburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Ivy Chapel Union Church

Bedford County, Virginia

 

—1880-c.1950 —

 
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By Bernard Fisher, May 26, 2014
1. Ivy Chapel Union Church Marker
Inscription. Ivy Chapel Union Church was built in I880 on Coffee Road in Bedford County, Virginia. The chapel was named for nearby Ivy Creek. It was known as a “union church” because it served as a house of worship for Baptist, Methodist, and Episcopalian congregations simultaneously.

Throughout its history Ivy Chapel was most closely associated with the Episcopal faith. Area Baptists established their own church—North Bedford Baptist—in 1893. The Methodists left Ivy Chapel in 1935. Episcopalians, however, held services there periodically through the mid-twentieth century. The opalescent glass window behind the chapel’s altar was given by the Episcopal congregation in memory of Rev. Frederick LeMosy, a young minister who served Ivy Chapel until his untimely death in 1900.

The nearby North Bedford Baptist Church received legal ownership of Ivy Chapel in 1979. A year later North Bedford renovated the old chapel to celebrate its centenary. Today North Bedford still cares for Ivy Chapel and the small graveyard located behind it. The Old City Cemetery Bicentennial Chapel was modeled after Ivy Chapel Union Church.
 
Location. 37° 24.835′ N, 79° 9.447′ W. Marker is in Lynchburg, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection
Ivy Chapel Union Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher
2. Ivy Chapel Union Church Marker
of Taylor Street and 4th Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg VA 24501, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Chapel and Columbarium (here, next to this marker); Hermon Methodist Church (here, next to this marker); Site of Glanders Stable (a few steps from this marker); The Quartermaster’s Glanders Stable (a few steps from this marker); Lynchburg’s First Public Hanging, 1830 (within shouting distance of this marker); Iron Fencing (within shouting distance of this marker); Station House Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Lynchburg, Virginia, 1864 (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Lynchburg.
 
Also see . . .  Old City Cemetery. The oldest public cemetery in Virginia still in use today - central Virginia's most unique public garden. (Submitted on May 29, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.
 
Chapel and Columbarium image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher
3. Chapel and Columbarium
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 523 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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