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Bruton Parish Episcopal Church, Williamsburg

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Church Historic Site
Originally constructed in 1677, Bruton Parish Episcopal Church still functions today and represents the oldest continuously operating church in America. The church, originally the result of a conglomeration of parishes, served as one of the epicenters of life in colonial Virginia; today it sits in the living history town of Colonial Williamsburg. Learn more about the church's history, societal importance, and 20th century restoration by paying a visit and following the recommended self-guided tour through the grounds. Throughout the yard you'll find the graves of prominent individuals and families since the colonial era, many of which rest in rare and well-preserved table tombs. As an active institution, the church is open for worship and services, so be sure to check the schedule for information on these and other events, such as concerts. A visit to Bruton Parish Episcopal Church represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Williamsburg itinerary builder to plot your vacation.
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  • Self guiding tour that provides a look at the worship style of our ancestors. The rich had assigned pews for their families.  more »
  • Working Episcopalian church that is open to visitors when services are not taking place. Great history, well kept.  more »
  • Excellent guide in the church. Very interesting and informative. They were very receptive to all questions  more »
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  • Wow! I was humbled, God bless us all !
  • Awesome and very cool to visit
  • We performed and school concert there, the place was amazing
  • Oldest operational church in Williamsburg
  • A functioning church, is a very reverend place. A landmark in the community.

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Williamsburg offers lodgings for every taste, including four-star resorts, quaint inns, and budget-friendly hotels. Accommodations in the city's historical district provide easy access to all of the area's major attractions, but they also charge much higher prices than equally comfortable guesthouses in some of the outlying neighborhoods. For a genuine Virginian experience, consider pitching a tent or renting a cottage in one of the area's popular campgrounds, which offer shuttle services to the city's major attractions and provide free Wi-Fi, cable TV, and fenced-in areas for pets.
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