Christ Episcopal Church

Christ Episcopal Church (HM5S9)

Location: Rockville, MD 20850 Montgomery County
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N 39° 4.94', W 77° 9.177'

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The first Episcopal church in or near Rockville was built in 1739 on a two-acre parcel of land, part of which is now the Rockville Cemetery. It was constructed of clapboards and logs and was called both the "Chapel of Ease" and Rock Creek Chapel. The latter name was the same as that of the Mother Church of Prince George's Parish, located 12 miles to the south. The Parish was divided twice in the 1740s, following which the Chapel of Ease (and Rockville) became part of Frederick County.

Additions were made to the Chapel of Ease in the 1750s, and a transept was added in 1770, which completed its cruciform plan. The result was said to be "considerably handsomer and more church-like" than the brick church which replaced it in 1808. By 1796, the Chapel of Ease was found to be badly decayed and the vestry contracted in 1802 for a large two-story brick building to replace it. This building was completed in 1808 and was consecrated as Christ Church by Bishop Thomas John Claggett.

A new church was built on South Washington Street in 1822. In 1830, Christ Church became the Parish Church with the establishment of Rock Creek Parish. Soon afterward, a rectory was built on Montgomery Avenue. In 1863, Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart and 8,000 soldiers briefly captured Rockville. Union sympathizers sought sanctuary in Christ Episcopal Church and were seized with several members of the vestry. The captives were taken to Brookeville before release.

The Gothic Revival-style church that stands here today was completed in 1887. It was almost destroyed by a hurricane in 1896.
HM NumberHM5S9
Series This marker is part of the Maryland: Lost Rockville – 1801 to 1850 series
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Date Added Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at 7:48pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 313779 N 4328119
Decimal Degrees39.08233333, -77.15295000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 4.94', W 77° 9.177'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 4' 56.40" N, 77° 9' 10.62" W
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Area Code(s)240, 301, 410, 202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 109 S Washington St, Rockville MD 20850, US
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