Bacon Race Church and Cemetery

Bacon Race Church and Cemetery (HM1JS)

Location: Woodbridge, VA 22192 Prince William County
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N 38° 41.499', W 77° 21.778'

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The first of three churches, variously known as Occoquan Meeting House, Bacon Race Church, and Oak Grove Church, was built on this site c. 1774. Led by Elder David Thomas, it was Prince William County's first Baptist Church. These churches were Old School or Primitive Baptist, and were originally a branch of the Chopawamsic Church of Stafford County. The dates for the second church are unknown but the last church is believed to have been built c. 1836. Foundation stones mark the location of this church which collapsed on Christmas Eve, 1987. The last Pastor was Elder William M. Smoot (1874 - 1938), an articulate and authoritarian leader. He is buried in the cemetery which also contains the remains of Civil War soldiers including members of Mosby's Rangers.
HM NumberHM1JS
Series This marker is part of the Virginia: Prince William County Historical Commission series
Year Placed2007
Placed ByPrince William County Historical Commission
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Date Added Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 7:43pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 294488 N 4285209
Decimal Degrees38.69165000, -77.36296667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 41.499', W 77° 21.778'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 41' 29.94" N, 77° 21' 46.68" W
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Area Code(s)703
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5201-5217 VA-663, Woodbridge VA 22192, US
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