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Blandford Church and Cemetery

111 Rochelle Lane, off Crater Road, Petersburg, VA 23803
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Ranked #2 of 17 Attractions in Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Cemeteries, Religious Sites
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Ferguson, North Carolina
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

In addition to the amazing history of this church built in 1735 and its evolution to what you see today, the most impressive and surprising thing to me was the 3-dimensional aspect of the spectacular Louis Comfort Tiffany stained glass windows. I had never seen stained glass windows that had depth! Without touching, we were encouraged to get very close... More

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Norfolk, Virginia, United States
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Blandford Church is small, but its size belies its treasures. The windows of the church represent each of the states of the Confederate States of America. The "state" windows were designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany, and most have one of the disciples (chosen by Tiffany) of Jesus at its center. The glass works are quite wonderful. St. Thomas's robes resemble... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The cemetery grounds themselves are awe-inspiring, with tombstones dating back to 1702 and the final resting place to Veterans from every American war, including 30,000 Confederates. While the church is small and quaint, the 15 intricately designed Tiffany windows make it a sparkling gem. Our tour guide, Ginger, explained the uniqueness of each window and how Tiffany attempted to express... More

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Fort Lee, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We're excited to be moving to the area and starting a new career at Fort Lee. This is a beautiful church with a lot of history. It's like a jewel for Petersburg, we enjoyed visiting with some friends.

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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258 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The Blandford Church and Cemetery holds a lot of history throughout its grounds. The church itself was built back in 1737, however was in ruins by the time that the US Civil War began. The cemetery and church grounds were used as both a field hospital by the Confederates during the siege on Petersburg and as a staging ground for... More

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

My family tree led me to this historic cemetery where my 3rd Great Grandfather is buried after loosing his life during the a Civil War. Over 30,000 Confederate Soldiers are interred here. Church is a monument and stain glass windows were created by Tiffany. Each window represent each state in the Confederacy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

What a beautiful peaceful building with fascinating history. The Tiffany windows are absolutely gorgeous & each has it's own story to tell. Our tour guide was passionate and knowledgeable so you won't be disappointed. Cemetery is jam packed w/ history as well my family of five enjoyed visit.

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The church was built in the 18th century, abandoned in the 19th, and turned into a Confederate Memorial in the early 20th. The tiffany stained glass windows with pictures of the saints (installed early 20th C.) is worth the trip to Petersburg alone.

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Madison, Alabama
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I believe the church was built in 1735. You should definitely take the time to visit if only to see the Tiffany windows. A sunny afternoon is the best time to experience he tour of the church. The tour was short and you could not take pictures inside. Some interesting stories about the states and about what Tiffany did to... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

The windows of this church, originally Episcopalian, currently non-denominational, were designed by Louis Tiffany to commemorate the the dead of the southern states participating in the Civil War. Tiffany was given 'carte blanche.' His 'decorative' theme is carried out in each of the windows..being designed by him..at the same time..this is most often NOT the case. Women's groups from the... More

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