Deeply Rooted in Faith
ach ethnic group brought its own churches, often organized on the settlers’ own initiative, to the Shenandoah Valley. Plagued at first by lack of clergy and the 1747 presence of Church of England chapels, these settlers nevertheless bequeathed a vital religious tradition of their own to the region. Quakers organized first in Cedarville in 1736. Baptists led by James Ireland organized in 1770. The first Methodist congregation in Warren County formed in 1792 and was visited by the famous itinerant bishop, Francis Asbury, in 1804. Meanwhile, a Presbyterian congregation began in 1794, sharing facilities with the Baptists until building their own church in 1814. Williams Chapel on Chester Street is the oldest church in Front Royal and the only church structure to survive the Civil War. Built as a Presbyterian church in 1845, it briefly served as government offices after the Civil War. Since 1899, it has been active as a CME Church. Dedicated in 1884, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church was built with a gift from a Catholic Baltimore family in memory of their brother and son, John Carrell Jenkins, a Confederate soldier who died of typhoid in 1861 while stationed in western Virginia. The Church of England’s American cousins — the Anglican and Episcopal churches — today have one congregation in Warren County. In addition, Warren offers its populace many other churches, including 18 Baptist, nine Methodist, three Presbyterian, two Catholic, four Adventist, and a variety of other denominations. Williams Chapel on Chester Street is the oldest church in Front Royal and the only church structure to survive the Civil War.
Helpful Resources & Links County of Warren www.warrencountyva.net Town of Front Royal www.frontroyalva.com and www.frontroyalworks.com Front Royal-Warren Co. Economic Development Authority www.wceda.com Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission www.lfpdc7.state.va.us Warren Memorial Hospital www.valleyhealthlink.com/WMH Samuels Public Library www.samuelslibrary.net Warren County Public Schools www.wcps.k12.va.us Christendom College www.christendom.edu Lord Fairfax Community College www.lfcc.edu Shenandoah University www.su.edu Virginia Employment Commission www.vec.virginia.org Lord Fairfax Small Business Development Center www.lfsbdc.org Lord Fairfax Community College Workforce Solutions www.lfccworkforce.com People, Inc. www.peopleinc.net
Front Royal & Warren County Chamber of Commerce
Community Profile & Membership Directory 2015