Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Folks, what we have here is another waterfront cemetery and a really old church.
Kingston Parish was established in (drum roll, please) 1652. Yep, 1652. To be honest, I didn't even know there was anyone but Indians around here in 1652. But that's because I can't remember any of my history. Or where I last placed my car keys.
There has been a church on this site since the early 18th century. This particular building, Christ Church Episcopal, is not that old, but it is pretty darn old. (Don't ask me how old, I forgot to write it down when I was there today reading it off the sign. I want to say it was around 1900. I can't remember everything, you know.)
There are many graves here from the 1800's (and quite possibly earlier, I didn't walk around and read every one), including that of Captain Sally Tompkins. She was famous for nursing Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. And some other things, too, but let's not get too bogged down in the details.
OK. Time out. If I go back and read what I just wrote, the vast majority of it sounds like something my youngest child might have written as a school essay. And she's only in fourth grade. So not only am I unable to provide details, evidently I have lost my ability to construct a complex sentence.
One final note: This church is on the same lane that goes down to Williams Wharf Landing, and it was also the turnaround point for the One and Only 5K race I ran a couple of months ago. The land it sits on goes down to the East River (or a creek off the East River, again with the details) and it is a beautiful, quaint little church.
See the nice church. See Jane run. See Spot sit. See Chesapeake Bay Woman think long and hard before she publishes another post like this one.