The Huguenot Society

of the

Founders of Manakin in the Colony of Virginia

MANAKIN EPISCOPAL CHURCH

Manakin Church
985 Huguenot Trail

After suffering 150 years of persecution for their religious beliefs in France, it was important to the Huguenots to establish their own Protestant church as soon as possible after arrival in Virginia. And so that very first year they established a church in the new King William Parish.

Led by the Reverend Benjamin de Joux, a minister ordained by the Bishop of London, they built a small octagonal building, probably located near the river between Bernard's Creek and Norwood Creek. In 1710, a new and probably better church was built. The last regular minister of Huguenot descent was Jean Cairon, from 1711-1716. Neighboring ministers served the church, bringing it closer to the Church of England, and English was used more frequently in the church.

Then by 1730 the colonists had moved out of their village at Manakintowne and were settled on farms. They decided to build another church at a more central location at the junction of River Road and the Ferry Road at the cost of 21,600 pounds of tobacco. This building served the members well for 165 years, but in 1895 the congregation decided to build again.

old Manakin Church
1895 Church [owned by Society]
Old Church window
Window in old Church