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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.

Churchyard

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.

Learn more about Bruton Parish Church on History.org Go
Schedule of
Operation:
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?

No
About this Historic Site: placeholder Come and Go

Upcoming Events at Bruton Parish Church Events

May 5
8:00 PM
Early Music Concert - Bianca Hall & James Kosnik
Bianca Hall on recorder and voice and James Kosnik on organ and harpsichord present an evening of historical music in this 300-year-old church.
May 7
8:00 PM
Oboe & Organ Recital
Enjoy a candlelight concert of oboe and organ music in an elegant historic church, presented by oboist Melinda McKenzie and organist Rebecca Davy.
May 10
8:00 PM
Choral Concert - Virginia Benefit Chorale
Experience a candlelight choral concert in this beautiful 300-year-old church, presented by the Virginia Benefit Chorale, directed by Steve Davis.  
May 12
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.