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 Country Street) in 1869, following the $80 purchase of a half-acre from the American Missionary Association. Zion Baptist Church was instrumental in organizing several other churches in Hampton as well as the Norfolk Union Association. The present building was completed in 1951.
Highway Exit: I-64, Exit 267 to Woodland Road; immediate right on County St.