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Near Gordonsville in Orange County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Church of the Blind Preacher

 
 
Church of the Blind Preacher Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, January 12, 2008
1. Church of the Blind Preacher Marker
Inscription.  Near here was the church of James Waddel, the blind Presbyterian preacher. Waddel, who had been a minister in the Northern Neck and elsewhere, came here about 1785 and died here in 1805. William Wirt, stopping in 1803 to hear a sermon, was impressed by Waddel's eloquence. He made it the subject of a classic essay.
 
Erected 1929 by Conservation & Development Commission. (Marker Number F-23.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1785.
 
Location. 38° 8.865′ N, 78° 10.826′ W. Marker is near Gordonsville, Virginia, in Orange County. Marker is on James Madison Highway (U.S. 15), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gordonsville VA 22942, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gordon Inn (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Maplewood Memorial Association (approx. one mile away); Welcome to The Exchange Hotel and Civil War Medical Museum
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(approx. 1.1 miles away); Gordonsville's Legendary Chicken Vendors (approx. 1.1 miles away); In Memory of the Soldiers, Both Confederate and Union (approx. 1.1 miles away); Orange County / Louisa County (approx. 1.4 miles away); a different marker also named Orange County / Louisa County (approx. 1.8 miles away); Madison-Barbour Rural Historic District (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gordonsville.
 
Also see . . .  James Waddel. Short biographical entry. (Submitted on January 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Church of the Blind Preacher Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, January 12, 2008
2. Church of the Blind Preacher Marker
Waddel Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, January 12, 2008
3. Waddel Monument
Near this spot
while yet primeval forest
stood the church of
the blind preacher
James Waddel
a devout man of god and a faithful
minister of the presbyterian church
Born 1739- Died 1805
Socrates died like a philosopher but
Jesus Christ like a God. From his sermon
as narrated by William Wirt.
Marker and Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, January 12, 2008
4. Marker and Monument
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 4,960 times since then and 266 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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