Durham Church, Nanjemoy MD

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Durham Church, Nanjemoy MD

Postby SMP_Steve » Sun Aug 21, 2016 7:09 pm

Hey all,

I recently learned of a church in Charles County by the name of Durham Church. Does anyone know about this place? Has anyone been there? Has anyone had any experiences there?
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Re: Durham Church, Nanjemoy MD

Postby SMP_Chris » Sun Aug 28, 2016 10:23 am

Sorry, I've got nothing.

SMP_Steve wrote:Hey all,

I recently learned of a church in Charles County by the name of Durham Church. Does anyone know about this place? Has anyone been there? Has anyone had any experiences there?
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Re: Durham Church, Nanjemoy MD

Postby SMP_Steve » Fri Feb 17, 2017 8:02 am

Research Project!! :D :D :D
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Re: Durham Church, Nanjemoy MD

Postby SMP_Libby » Fri Feb 17, 2017 12:04 pm

On it! This is the stuff I LOVE! <3
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Re: Durham Church, Nanjemoy MD

Postby SMP_Steve » Fri Feb 17, 2017 2:18 pm

LIBBERINO.... is on the case! lol
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Re: Durham Church, Nanjemoy MD

Postby SMP_Chris » Fri Feb 17, 2017 5:49 pm

Yay!!

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Re: Durham Church, Nanjemoy MD

Postby SMP_Libby » Tue Feb 21, 2017 9:08 am

Known info: Durham Church, Nanjemoy MD, Charles County
Official Title: Christ Church, Old Durham Parish
8700 Ironsides Rd
Nanjemoy, MD 20662

http://www.episcopalchurch.org/parish/c ... -parish-md
• Established in 1661
• Home parish of Gen Smallwood (Gen George Washington’s Chief of Staff)
• Oldest parish in the Episcopal Diocese of Washington
• Website: http://www.christchurcholddurhamparish.com/
• Email: info@christchurcholddurhamparish.com
• Phone: 301-743-7099
• Fax: 301-743-7099
• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Christ-Church- ... 489279173/

http://www.christchurcholddurhamparish.com/
• Charted 1692
• Parish Hall at Durham Church is available for use by members and non-members in the community.
o Other groups and individuals may use the hall for a donation of $300 per day prior to the use of the building plus a $100 deposit ($400 total).
o Hall built in 1958
• The church at this site began as a Church of England Parish in 1661.
o Following the Revolutionary War, the Episcopal Church was founded serving the Anglican Communion in America.
• Originally a log building on the same site, construction of the current brick church began in 1732
• 1771 – Gen George Washington attended services with Gen Smallwood (source: GW diary)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christ_Ch ... ,_Maryland)
• the 1732 building was enlarged and renovated in 1791
• Revolutionary War General William Smallwood and colonial Governor William Stone are buried in the churchyard
• References for this site include:
o Nancy Bromley McConaty’s 2008 article “Priest Delves Into History” SoMdNews.com
o Rev. William Pusey Painter’s 1894 “History of Durham Parish, Charles County, Maryland 1692-1892”
o “Maryland: A Guide to the Old Line State” Oxford University Press, 1948

http://www.charlescountymd.gov/location ... arish-1692
• Stationed by the front gate is a replica of the ancient sundial which in colonial days determined the time of service.

https://mht.maryland.gov/secure/medusa/ ... /CH-63.pdf
• Maryland Historic Trust & National Register inventory reports – 18 pages.
• Includes details of construction & renovation of the brick building in 1732, 1791, 1932, and 1942
• In the adjacent cemetery, “a few of the earliest graves, as well as those of several Revolutionary-era patriots, have been moved here from abandoned family cemeteries located elsewhere in the county.”
• In 1932, the Colonial Dames of Maryland erected a commemorative wall fronting the church yard of eighteenth century brick salvaged from a Port Tobacco building.

http://durhamparish.edow.org/hist.html
• 1996 version of parish website still accessible, but seemingly abandoned by the current parish
• History page includes details omitted from other histories, including:
o Complete restoration of the church was necessary in 1792, due to its deplorable condition after the Revolutionary War
o Thirty-nine pastors have served historic Durham Church. Of these, four rectors stand out as having given pre-eminent service to the Parish. They are: the Reverend William McChonchie, 1711-1742; the Reverend Walter H. Harrison, 1779-1797; the Reverend Robert Prout, 1824-1880; and the Reverend Reginald B. Stevenson, 1925-1952
o Revolutionary War patriots associated with the church include George Mason, General William Smallwood, Robert Hanson Harrison, and General Mitchell
o compiled by Mr. George C. Dyson


“Charles County, Maryland: A History” book by Charles County Bicentennial Committee. Preview available here: https://books.google.com/books?id=uGUVT ... nd&f=false
• Durham Parish in western Charles County (also called Nanjemoy Parish in Colonial times); Old Durham Church in Ironsides.
• Section devoted to Durham Parish begins on page 91
• Land originally owned by Joseph Harrison, and bought in 1692 for 200 pounds of tobacco.
• Bricks of the 1732 structure (1st storey) said to be brought over from England
• Cost was 32000 pounds of tobacco to begin building, and 16000 pounds to complete it.
• During the Civil War, the church was used to quarter Union soldiers and as a stable for their mounts
• Church unused from 1864 to 1869, awaiting repairs to “windows and other acts of violence.”
• In 1870, pews were sold (1 year each to the highest bidder) to raise funds, but 2 years later, a minimum bid of $5 was instituted
• Vases on altar are in memory of Rector Todd, who began his pastorate in 1843 and extended over 50 years of continuous service.
• Vestry minutes are continuous in 1864
• Other items standing in memory of members of the church include:
o Bronze wall plaque
o Stained glass windows
o Lectern
o Brasses
o Cross
o Prayer desk
o Wrought iron gates
o Brick walks

Record of the church’s collection in the Maryland State Archives as listed at http://www.christchurcholddurhamparish. ... story.html
o MSA SC 2604-1-1
 Christ Church (Old Durham Church) Collection
 Access to collection is through microfilm.
 Dates: 1774-1843
 Contact the Department of Special Collections for location
 Contains vestry minutes 1774-1824, 1842-43 baptisms, marriages performed by SW Crampton, Oath of fidelity and support to the state of Maryland with signatures, accounts 1780-1821, baptisms and marriages 1843, vestry subscriptions, contra and accounts 1780-1823
o MSA SC 2604-1-2
 Dates: 1845-1950
 Location: 00/08/09/28
 Contains: parish registry, baptisms 1845-1902, confirmed 1885-1906, communicants (early 1900s), marriages 1865-1906
o MSA SC 2604-1-3
 Dates: 1907-1965
 Location: 00/08/09/29
 Contains: Durham parish register, baptisms 1907-1964, confirmations 1909-1962, communicants 1908-1955, 1927 voters list, marriages 1909-1954, burials 1908-1965
o MSA SC 2604-1-4
 Dates: 1824-1929
 Location: 00/08/09/30
 Contains: Durham parish vestry minutes 1824-1927, marriages 1847-48, baptisms 1843-46, deaths 1843-49, marriages by SW Crampton 1843-44, subscribers of vestry and accounts 1924-1929
o MSA SC 2604-1-5
 Dates: 1928-1952
 Location: 00/08/09/30
 Contains: Durham parish vestry minutes 1926-1952
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Re: Durham Church, Nanjemoy MD

Postby SMP_Steve » Tue Feb 21, 2017 9:41 am

Nice - I will give it a good read when I have some time at home... thanks Libby!
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