Bruton Parish Episcopal Church, Williamsburg

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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. Use our Williamsburg trip maker to add Bruton Parish Episcopal Church and other attractions to your Williamsburg vacation plans.
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  • This very attractive and stately church has historic roots as well as current attendees. Call ahead, because church is not always open.  more »
  • This church offers various special musical programs along with their regular church services. They are free but the seating is limited so be prepared to stand outside in line to get in. If you want a ...  more »
  • My wife and I always enjoy visiting Bruton Parish when we visit Williamsburg. It gives you a living window in to history of how some of the citizens of Williamsburg worshipped during colonial times. I...  more »
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  • Love the services. They still have an awesome pipe organ and don’t mess up the music by adding in the piano. You will not find drums and brass instruments here. The members are very friendly and accept you as though it was your home church. So impressed.
  • A can't miss stop if you are visiting Colonial Williamsburg. This church is not just a historical treasure, but is also home to a functioning congregation. Centuries of history to explore. Generations of men, women, and children buried in the church and on the grounds. Their markers give testimony to their Christian faith and the courage of the colonists--and later, of course, as Americans.
  • Beautiful colonial-era church that has a National Historic Landmark designation. Free admission to visitors when there is no service, but donations are welcome. Check out the pews for the names of famous people who have attended service here, including several US Presidents and native sons.
  • An active modern congregation welcoming visitors to an historic area. Phenomenal music program! We worship elsewhere, but never miss a concert/recital/performance here. Support their musicians!
  • A beautiful structure that’s served the community for more than 2 centuries. The area around the church is great to relax and enjoy beautiful weather
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