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Middleburg’s Shiloh Baptist Church added to Virginia Landmarks Register

The Virginia Department of Historic Resources has added 12 properties across the commonwealth to the Virginia Landmarks Register, including a historic church in Middleburg.

Built in 1913, the Shiloh Baptist Church in Middleburg is historically important for its associations with the African-American community, which built the church and supported its congregation, department officials said.

The church offered African-Americans a place of refuge and opportunities in education, personal growth and social engagement during the era of segregation in Virginia and through the struggle for civil rights during the last half of the 20th century.

Architecturally representing a vernacular adaptation of the Late Gothic Revival style, Shiloh Baptist Church was envisioned by Master Stonemason Nathan Nathaniel Hall, a church member. Prior to its individual listing in the VLR, the church was recognized as a contributing building to the Middleburg Historic District in 1982.

The Virginia Department of Historic Resources will forward the documentation for the Middleburg property along with the 11 other newly designated sites to the National Park Service for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.

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