Ghost Church.

Ghost Church

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Mechanicsville, Virginia

Built in 1748, Polegreen Church became the first non-Anglican church in Virginia. It was destroyed on June 1, 1864 when a Confederate artilleryman fired a shell into it to dislodge Union sharpshooters. The congregation couldn't afford to rebuilt the church, and its ruins eventually disappeared. A local women's group did erected a small monument on the site in 1929, but Polegreen Church was mostly forgotten.

Then in 2007 architect Carlton Abbott was hired to build a replica "Ghost Church" -- an open-air outline made with steel beams painted white -- on the original foundation, as a tribute to the vanished building. Confused passers-by sometimes think it's a church whose construction was never completed, while others enjoy posing for photos in its invisible doorway, or peering through its ghost windows.

Ghost Church

6411 Heatherwood Drive, Mechanicsville, VA
I-295 exit 38A. Drive east on Hwy 627/Pole Green Rd for two miles. Turn left onto Hwy 643/Rural Point Rd. Drive a half-mile. Turn right onto Heatherwood Drive. You'll see the parking lot on the right.
Dawn-dusk. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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