|109 Brick Church Road |
Grafton (York County)
Postal Code: 23692
Phone: (757) 898-8977
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One of the oldest churches in York County, Virginia, Grafton Christian Church was founded on May 11, 1834. In that year the sanctuary, which is still in use, was constructed of bricks made by hand on the property. As the only brick church in the county, it became known as "Brick Church" thus the present address of Brick Church Road.
During the Civil War the church building was used as a hospital by the Confederate Army, and soldiers were buried in unmarked graves in the cemetery. Later the Union Army made the church into a picket post, and on the west side of the building one of the window sills still has visible marks where a horse chewed on the wood. There is also evidence that the church was struck by cannon fire. Even during this time the church remained alive in the hearts and homes of its people.
The oldest recorded land grant to the church was made by John Curtis in 1844. Mr. Curtis deeded the land upon which the church was built in exchange for one Spanish milled dollar.
The founding members of the Grafton Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) chose to separate from Grafton Baptist Church and become part of the first Protestant denomination begun in the United States, the Disciples of Christ. Members of this movement, influenced by the teaching and preaching of Thomas and Alexander Campbell, Barton W. Stone and Walter Scott, sought to restore the practice of the New Testament church in the belief this would lead to the unity of all Christians.
In 1949 Sunday School rooms were added to the original building, and in 1953 the sanctuary was remodeled. In 1963 a fellowship and education building was constructed on the property.