Grace Church is one of six "colonial" churches in Virginia; this means it was founded when Virginia was still a colony under the dominion of the King of England... founded over 200 years ago and has held services consistently ever since.
The original church was constructed in 1745. The second building was built between 1846-1854, and consecrated in 1855. Forty years later, the church burned. The present church was rebuilt and consecrated in 1896.
The first annual Blessing of the Hounds service was held on Thanksgiving Day in 1929, and is held every year. The ceremony traces its roots to St. Hubert, the patron saint of hunters who lived in eighth century France. The ceremony involves formally attired foxhunters, their horses and hounds, and combines prayers for blessing and protection with thanksgiving for the harvest.
Last Updated: 7/28/2006 12:55 PM