Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Field Trip to Tinkling Spring

Image: Front entrance to sanctuary designed by R. L. Dabney at Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church

We had a great field trip last Friday to Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church in Fishersville.  About 20 CRBC folk made the trip on a crisply cool morning.  Though the current church is affliliated with the mainline PC-USA it has a wonderful museum which outlines the Scottish Reformation, the immigration of the Scotch-Irish Protestants to this area of Virginia, the role of this congregation in the American Revolutionary War and the American Civil War, and Reformed worship (Lord's Day observance and psalm singing).  After the museum we went into the sanctuary and I did a biographical talk on R. L. Dabney, former pastor of the church and designer of its sanctuary.  We then explored the cemetery.  We had planned to picnic outside but given the cold weather we accepted an invitation from the McGonigals to have lunch at their home after the visit.  Here are a few photos. 

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