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

Mitchells Presbyterian Church

American Presbyterian and Reformed Historical Site

 
 
Mitchells Presbyterian Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, October 11, 2009
1. Mitchells Presbyterian Church Marker
Inscription. This Gothic Revival church, built in 1879, contains an elaborate example of trompe-l’oeil fresco painting done in 1888. Joseph Dominick Phillip Oddenino, an Italian immigrant artist, painted to deceive the eye into believing that his plaster murals of Gothic arches, Renaissance-styled cornices, and embellished Corinthian columns were three dimensional. Oddenino decorated the ceilings at Mitchells Church and Hebron Lutheran Church in Madison with geometric designs.
 
Erected 1985 by Department of Conservation and Historic Resources. (Marker Number F-25/265.)
 
Location. 38° 22.764′ N, 78° 1.431′ W. Marker is in Mitchells, Virginia, in Culpeper County. Marker is on Mitchell Road (Virginia Route 652) 0 miles east of Hardy Lane (Virginia Route 651), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mitchells VA 22729, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Mitchells Presbyterian Church (approx. 2.2 miles away); George Washington Carver Regional High School (approx. 2.9 miles away); The Battle of Cedar Mountain (approx.
Wide view of the Mitchells Presbyterian Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, October 11, 2009
2. Wide view of the Mitchells Presbyterian Church Marker
3 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of Cedar Mountain (approx. 3 miles away); Culpeper County / Orange County (approx. 3 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of Cedar Mountain (approx. 3 miles away); Cedar Mountain (approx. 3 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of Cedar Mountain (approx. 3 miles away).
 
Regarding Mitchells Presbyterian Church. Mitchells Presbyterian Church was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. This church is also one of 445 American Presbyterian and Reformed Historical Sites registered between 1973 and 2003 by the Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS), headquartered in Philadelphia. Approved sites received a metal plaque featuring John Calvin’s seal and the site’s registry number (PHS marker location unknown).

The following text is taken from the Presbyterian Historical Society website:

Organized by the Presbytery of Rappahannock in 1867, the Rapidan Church moved to Mitchells and built the current Gothic Revival frame structure in 1879. In 1888, the name was changed to Mitchells Presbyterian Church, and the Italian immigrant painter Giuseppe Domenico
Mitchells Presbyterian Church (1879) image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, October 11, 2009
3. Mitchells Presbyterian Church (1879)
Felipe Oddenino (1831-1913) was commissioned to decorate the interior with trompe-l’oeil frescoes. The building became a registered landmark on Virginia's Historic Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. In 1981, University of Virginia architectural historian Richard Guy Wilson said, "Oddenino's wall paintings are unique, some of the very finest trompe-l'oeil interior paintings in the United States." The murals were restored in 1983-1984.

 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Hebron Lutheran Church in Madison County was also decorated by Joseph Oddenino.
 
Also see . . .
1. Mitchells Presbyterian Church. (Submitted on October 11, 2009, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
2. The Journey Through Hallowed Ground - Mitchells Presbyterian Church. (Submitted on October 11, 2009, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
3. Mitchells Presbyterian Church NRHP Nomination page. (Submitted on August 20, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon.)
 
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