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St. James's Church (Garth Chapel)
Garth Road (State Route 676), Albemarle County, Virginia

Constructed in 1896, the Gothic Revival-style St. James Church is remarkably well preserved. Never altered by the later installation of plumbing or electricity, the building’s notable features include arched windows and transom, wainscoting, and original pews. Long associated with the locally prominent Garth family, many of whose family members are buried in the church's two cemeteries, St. James Church is still owned and maintained by Garth family descendants through the Trustees of St. James Church. It continues to be a consecrated Episcopal Church, and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places on January 14, 2013.

 

"History, by apprising them of the past,
will enable them to judge of the future."
-- Thomas Jefferson, 1786

The Albemarle County Historic Preservation Committee is charged with protecting the County's historic and cultureal resources. The Committee takes an active role in identifying and documenting structures of importance to the community.

The Historic Preservation Plan was adopted by the Board of Supervisors on September 6, 2000 and was prepared by a Historic Preservation Committee that was appointed by the Board in May 1995. The Historic Preservation Plan is an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan, and provides a framework for public involvement in protecting the community's historic resources. It reviews the County's history, and emphasizes education, financial incentives, and partnerships among all interest groups.

 

HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMITTEE
Jared Loewenstein, Chairman Christine S. Devine
Sean Dougherty Emilie Johnson
K. Edward Lay Steven G. Meeks
Ross Stevens Peter Wiley
Jeff Werner Liz Russell
Dennis Dutterer Richard Randolph
Planning Commission liaison
 
Ann Mallek
Board of Supervisors liaison

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USEFUL LINKS & RESOURCES
Federal & State Rehabilitation Tax Credits
 
Historic Preservation Plan 
 
Historic Preservation Tax Credits / Request for Information
 
Ed Lay's The Architecture of Jefferson Country
 
The Archaeology of Albemarle County by Jeffrey Hantman 
 
From the Monacans to Monticello and Beyond:
Prehistoric and Historic Countexts for Albemarle County, Virginia
 
 
Historic Architectural Survey of Albemarle County Villages