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Historic Restoration in 1980

In 1980, because of structural problems, restoration of Abingdon Church became essential. Research into this restoration process was aided by clues left during the preceding two centuries. Paint and plaster ghosts, the earlier reuse of 18th century panels and other fabric, and refuse found under the 19th century raised wood floor provided many crucial details for reconstruction. These clues enabled Abingdon to become one of the most authentic restorations of an 18th century building. Two significant details, the reredos behind the altar, were painstakingly preserved, illustrating the continuous living history of Abingdon Parish. These items, the Lord's Prayer and Ten Commandment tablets from the eighteenth century, are nestled below the prominent banner "We Praise Thee, O God" which was painted on the reredos after the Civil War.

When  the church was occupied by the Union Army for use as a hospital and a stable during the Civil War, the reredos were not damaged. However, the existing altar rail was destroyed and so the "new" 19th century altar rail was preserved during our restoration. Also preserved, but located in cases within the Parish House, are two large pew panels displaying graffiti from the 18th and 19th century. 

Abingdon Church is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Our restoration effort was a long process and required attention to detail in every area. Today, we continue to fund the preservation of our historic church building and its grounds.