This congregation began in 1859, started by a missionary from Alabama. The first services were held in the courthouse, and the small group consisted only of women its first year. This Gothic Revival building dates back to 1874.
“I commenced services here in January last and found few acquainted with our Prayer Book or Church,” wrote the Rev. Thomas A. Morris after moving from Alabama in 1859. At the first Episcopal services at the courthouse, he had only one communicant, a Mrs. Julia Hancock. Together they forged the creation of the Trinity Episcopal Church.
The Northern Federal Army occupied Winchester in 1863 and used the building as a hospital for injured troops. The records from the Civil War years are incomplete and vague, although Bishop Charles Quintard reported that the church in Winchester “was destroyed by fire during the War, and once again services must be held in the courthouse.”
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