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Churches

Hampton is home to many churches and worship centers, however, there are several that merit particular interest. These are celebrated both for their antiquity as well as their historical significance.

Churches

 


Zion Baptist Church

Zion Baptist Church

Coliseum Central - 125 W. Country Street

Established in 1863, the congregation held house-to-house prayer meetings and open-air assemblies.  The Rev. William Thornton, a former slave, was its first and only pastor for 39 years.  Drawn by his powerful sermons, membership soon grew and a larger structure was raised on Country Road (now Cou…

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757-723-3442

St. John's Church

St. John's Church

Downtown Hampton - 100 West Queen's Way

Established in 1610, St. John's is the oldest continuous English-speaking parish in the U.S. The worship building has been at its present site on Queens Way since 1728. A recorded message introduces visitors to the church and its history, which includes a stained-glass window depicting the baptism of…

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Queen Street Baptist Church

Queen Street Baptist Church

Downtown Hampton - 190 West Queen's Way

First known as Second Baptist (considered a branch of First Baptist Church of Williamsburg), Queen Street Church was established in 1865 by African Americans from Williamsburg.  The group worshiped at various locations including the Hampton Court House and at Butler School near the site of the Emanc…

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757-723-6630

Memorial Church

Memorial Church

Downtown Hampton - Shore Drive

Located on the campus of Hampton University, Memorial Church—also known as Memorial Chapel-- is an Italian-Romanesque structure that features a 150 ft. tower and four-faced illuminated clock.  Built in 1886, the elaborate building was designed by New York architect J.C. Cady.  It is still used as a…

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757-727-5308

Little England Chapel

Little England Chapel

Downtown Hampton - 4100 Kecoughtan Road - Hampton, VA 23669

Built circa 1879, Little England Chapel is the only African-American missionary chapel known to exist in Virginia. A permanent exhibit in the sanctuary helps visitors understand the religious lives of Virginia’s post-Civil War African-Americans. It includes handwritten Sunday school lessons, photogr…

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757-722-4249

Chapel of the Centurion

Chapel of the Centurion

Phoebus - Ruckman Road

Built in 1858, the chapel was the Army's oldest wooden structure in continuous use for religious service.  The Chapel is named after the Roman Centurion, Cornelius, who was brought to Christianity by Peter. Construction of the chapel began in 1856 and it was consecrated on May 3, 1858. It was designed…

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757-788-3391