Historic Polegreen Church

Historic Polegreen Church (HMAB9)

Location: Mechanicsville, VA 23116 Hanover County
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N 37° 38.746', W 77° 19.807'

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In 1747, the meetinghouse here became vital to the colonists' struggle for religious and civil liberty when Samuel Morris and other Hanover Presbyterian dissenters called the Rev. Samuel Davies (1723-1761) to become pastor. Davies, a great orator who inspired Patrick Henry, was Virginia's first licensed non-Anglican minister. He promoted literacy among enslaved Africans in several colonies with funds he raised in England. In 1759, he became president of the College of New Jersey (Princeton University). Polegreen Church burned in June 1864 just before the Battle of Cold harbor when Confederate artillery fired on it to dislodge Union sharpshooters.
HM NumberHMAB9
Marker NumberE 141
Year Placed2007
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 6:49pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 294427 N 4169067
Decimal Degrees37.64576667, -77.33011667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 38.746', W 77° 19.807'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 38' 44.76" N, 77° 19' 48.42" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6377-6499 State Rte 1750, Mechanicsville VA 23116, US
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