Petsworth Parish, one of the four parishes of colonial Gloucester County, was established in the middle of the seventeenth century. The first parish church was located some four miles southwest near Purtan Bay on the York River. On this site were built the second and third churches of the parish, both called Poplar Springs Church. The first one, built as an earthfast frame structure in 1677, was said to have one of the first three-level pulpits in Virginia. The second church, completed in 1723, was one of the earliest churches in Virginia to have an organ. By the end of the 18th century, the church was abandoned.
Original Sponsor: Gloucester Historical Committee
Geographic Location: Gloucester County
Physical Description of Location: Proposed Location: Across from Petsworth Elementary School at about 10658 George Washington Memorial Highway
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