Virginia’s oldest gem: a church steeped in history

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The title of Virginia’s oldest building belongs to Jamestown Church, located in the historic settlement of Jamestown. Though the church building has undergone several reconstructions, its foundation and tower date back to 1639, making it one of the oldest standing structures in all of the original 13 colonies. Jamestown Church holds immense historical significance. Pocahontas, a pivotal figure in early American history, famously married John Rolfe here in 1614.

The church also was the meeting place for Virginia’s first House of Burgesses, the foundation of representative government in America. Today, Jamestown Church serves as a testament to Virginia’s enduring legacy.

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