April 25, 2012

Old Starr Methodist Church, Starr, MD

Also once known as the Richard Asbury Methodist Church. Originally, a predominantly white congregation, I believe the current congregation is mostly, if not all, African American.

One of only two remaining churches in Queen Anne's County, MD to have a separate entrance for slaves. This side entrance went directly to the stairs that led up to the slave gallery.

At first I thought that the stairs to the slaves entrance was no longer standing (see attached photos: the side entrance is a good 3-4 feet off the ground), but I have since read accounts that the practice was for the enslaved folks to transition directly from the carriage to the entrance.

I am utterly fascinated that these bits of history still remain on our landscape.

April 22, 2012

Kenmore, Fredericksburg, VA

Very Interesting Structure, West Ox Rd, Herndon, VA

Interesting historic structure to the left (or south) of the modern residence...

A Falmouth Church, Falmouth, VA

On my way to Fredericksburg, Va last week, I noticed that one of my favorite Route 1 structures had taken a bit of a hit. Hopefully, it is a preservation effort that is underway.

Site from a few years ago: