Grace Episcopal Church, Yorktown, VA
Issued in 2016
Giclee on paper
IS: 7 x 7-3/4 ins.
Edition: 500 and 25 artist's proofs
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Released at the 2016 Williamsburg Collectors' Convention. Grace Episcopal Church, Yorktown, VA, features its namesake. A church has stood at this site since 1697, with earlier nearby churches serving the parish prior to that. The 1697 church survived the Revolutionary War but was burned in the Yorktown fire in 1814. It was rebuilt in 1848 but heavily damaged during the War Between the States. A renovation in the 1920’s resulted in the building that is in use today. The church cemetery is the resting place of several notable early Americans, including signer of the Declaration of Independence Thomas Nelson, as well as Nicholas Martiau and George Reade, who were both ancestors of George Washington. In 1630 Nicholas Martiau acquired the patent for 1300 acres in what is now York County and designed the fortifications of early Yorktown. It is on this land where in 1781 his third great-grandson George Washington accepted Lord Cornwallis’ surrender after the Battle of Yorktown, ensuring America’s independence from Great Britain. George Reade served as Acting Governor of the Virginia Colony, in the House of Burgesses, and in other official capacities. He married Nicholas Martiau’s daughter Elizabeth. Their daughter Mildred married Augustine Warner of Warner Hall, and their daughter (also named Mildred) married Lawrence Washington. They were the grandparents of George Washington.