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1695 Perrowville Road
Forest, Virginia 24511
A watercolor by parishioner Sara Saunders
Directions from Lynchburg:
ROUTE 221 South toward Bedford.
RIGHT at Intersection of 221 and PERROWVILLE Road.
Saint Stephen's is located on the right just past Jefferson Forest High School & stadium parking lot.
Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church was established by the Rev'd Nicholas Hamner Cobbs (later Bishop of Alabama) in 1824. The first building was completed in 1825 on land given by Anne Irvine Moseley, the mother of Elizabeth Moseley Radford. Mrs. Moseley had purchased part of the Poplar Forest tract from Martha Jefferson Randolph, the oldest daughter of Thomas Jefferson, who had given the land to his daughter for her dowry in 1790.
The original church was torn down and the present one erected on the same site in 1844. In the same year William Radford and Elizabeth Moseley Radford deeded the additional land to enlarge the church property and provide a cemetery for members and their families. The cemetery is still in use.