Bruton Parish Church

Bruton Parish Church
Bruton Parish Church
Bruton Parish Church

Walk the Floor Where Founders Worshiped

Enter this three-centuries-old Episcopal church and sit where many famous patriots sat before you. At the time of the Revolution, the Church of England was the official church, and all Virginians were expected to attend regularly.

Ask knowledgeable parish volunteers your questions or attend one of the Sunday services in this original building, which still serves an active community.

Continuing a tradition begun by an 18th-century organist (and gaoler) Peter Pelham, the church presents more than 120 recitals and concert programs annually in its Candlelight Concert Series.

This building is owned and operated by the congregation of Bruton Parish.


Outside this historic church, stroll through one of the first church graveyards and read the names on the stones that mark the historic graves of notable early Virginians. This site marked a shift from private, at-home burials to churchyard ceremonies.

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Schedule of
Mon.: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Tues.: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Wed.: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Thurs.: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Fri.: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Sat.: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Sun.: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Ticket Required?

About this Historic Site: placeholder Come and Go

Upcoming Events at Bruton Parish Church Events

May 26
8:00 PM
Organ Recital - Carina Sturdy
Experience a candlelit recital by Williamsburg organist Carina Sturdy in this 300-year-old worship space. 
May 28
8:00 PM
Organ Recital - Cheryl van Ornam
Experience a candlelit recital by organist Cheryl van Ornam from Redeemer Lutheran Church in Richmond, Virginia, in this 300-year-old worship space. 
Jun 16
8:00 PM
Organ Recital - Stephen Henley, Jr.
Experience the thrill of sacred music in a unique setting. Stephen Henley is in his 15th year as organist & Director of Music at Bon Air Presbyterian Church in Richmond, VA. His recital at Bruton Parish includes organ pieces by J. S. Bach, André Campra, Charles Callahan, Gerald Near, and Frederick Swann.
Handicap Accessibility

Ground-level entrance to Churchyard at Palace Green entrance.

Accessible entrance to church through the bell tower on the west side.

Services still held in church.

Not a Colonial Williamsburg exhibit or site.