So, as you may have read on the About page, I first signed up for a Markeroni account way back in 2004, but hadn’t done anything with it until last night. So I’ve had plenty of time to think of what my first snarf would be.
Since moving to Virginia Beach, I’ve been attending Old Donation Episcopal Church, and given that it qualifies on multiple criteria, I wanted to make it my first snarf. But as it happens, I didn’t actually get my camera out when I was at the church last night, but afterwards, we went a short piece down the road to a state historical marker about the church’s history.
State Historical Marker
Virginia K 280
Old Donation Church
Location: In front of the Bayside branch of the Virginia Beach Public Library, 936 Independence Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23455
An interesting note about the location of this marker is that it is approximately a half-mile or so from the church itself and the church can not be seen from the marker and vice versa. This is especially interesting, because the church is visible from the location of the second marker I snarfed last night (which will follow in another post later today).
Visited: May 19, 2009, 7:00pm
Transcription of plaque:
Just east stands Old Donation Episcopal Church, built in 1736. It is the third building to serve the colonial era Lynnhaven Parish, established by 1642. The second church, once adjacent to the current building, was converted into a school in 1737. The church received its present name in the early 19th century likely in commemoration of a gift of land. An 1882 fire left only portions of its brick walls standing. The building was restored in 1916 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
My impressions: Maybe it was the advantage of the lighting only an hour before sunset, but I found the plaque’s location surprisingly beautiful, especially considering it was between a busy highway and a fairly new looking brick library. But there were some nice, big trees between the sidewalk of Independence Blvd and the library parking lot. The other nice thing about the location is its prominence. We’ve driven by this marker several times. Even though we hadn’t stopped until last night (partly, I expect, because it isn’t immediately clear from Independence Blvd where one can park), I think visibility is a good thing to keep us remembering history.
I also can’t wait to share with you some photos of the church and its grounds at some point. It’s a very pretty place and one I enjoy very much.
Notes for future snarfers: The library parking lot is very handy for this marker (including accessible spots for those who require them). From Independence Blvd, follow the library signs to the parking lot. (Enter the parking lot from E Honeygrove Rd.) The marker is between the library and Independence Blvd.
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