Saturday, July 1, 2017

A small church with a big voice | Glebe Episcopal Church played a role in inspiring the American Revolutionary War

From Virginia-

Glebe Episcopal Church, which was called Bennett’s Creek Church in the Colonial era, is located near the Driver neighborhood of North Suffolk, and is celebrating its 375th anniversary this year. Besides its extraordinary longevity, its history includes strong ties to the outbreak of revolution in America.

Early 1775 saw most of Great Britain’s American Colonies in turmoil.

In Richmond, Patrick Henry gave his “Give me liberty or give me death” speech. In Philadelphia, John Hancock was elected president of the Second Continental Congress. But one other event, largely obscured by the passage of time, also had a great impact, most certainly in Virginia.

Years earlier, in 1754, John Agnew, a Glasgow-born Scot, was appointed rector of Bennett’s Creek Church by the Bishop of London (a British Crown appointment).

In time, he became a man of substantial property along the coast, and had the tendency to get into loud, public arguments with Virginia burgesses, as well as his own church’s leadership.

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