We are a small Episcopal Church on the banks of the Rappahannock in Port Royal, Virginia. We acknowledge that we gather on the traditional land of the first people of Port Royal, the Nandtaughtacund, and we respect and honor with gratitude the land itself, the legacy of the ancestors, and the life of the Rappahannock Tribe. Our mission statement is to do God’s Will in all that we do.

The History Page

Water Street – unknown date, possibly 1930’s. St. Peter’s on the left

Who are we in 2024?

There are three subsections in this page with links – Adult Education, Mission and Outreach, Building and Grounds

1. The History Page – Adult Education, 2010-2024
Chronological Order

2. The History Page – Mission and Outreach
By Type

3. The History Page – Building and Grounds
Chronological Order

General History – The Church

Ad for Construction, St. Peter’s
Why are we in St. Mary’s Parish?
History and facilities
Historic Signs
St. Peter’s 1978 Article
Belfry Project, 2009
Altarpiece renovation 2016
St. Peter’s Art
Port Royal: Block by Block – An Introduction
The Book of Remembrance
Priests at St. Peter’s
Come to a 1898 Wedding at St. Peter’s
May 150th Service, 1986

General History – The organ

Music at St. Peter’s #1
The Early Concerts at St. Peter’s #2
The Organists #3
George Stevens’ organs
Jim Patton’s talk on the organ, 1993


St. Peter’s Connections
2002 articles on Emma Cocke
Emma Cocke (1912-2005) and her home, Free Lance-Star, June 28, 2013
Carolinus Turner’s home of Belle Grove

Photo Collections

George Alfred Townsend sketches of Port Royal (1880’s)
Historic photos of St. Peter’s
Story of a Photograph
Port Royal- Market and King Streets during the 1920’s and now
Port Royal in the 1930’s and Today
St. Peter’s Rectory, 1938 WPA
St. Peter’s Church, 1938 WPA
Jim Patton photographs 1
Jim Patton photographs 2
Jim Patton links
Historic photos 2001-2003
Sycamores of Port Royal

The Rectors

Student Ministers – They got their start here

Rev Friends Memo Book, Part 1
Rev Friends Memo Book, Part 2

Class of 1878 Virginia Theological with Sigismund S. Ware Rev. Ware’s 1893 Diary, Part 1
Rev. Ware’s 1893 Diary, Part 2
Rev. Ware’s 1893 Diary, Part 3
Rev. Ware’s 1893 Diary, Part 4
Rev. Ware’s 1893 Diary, Part 5
Rev. Ware’s 1893 Diary, Part 6 – Homes and Locations
Rev. Ralph Fall – “Official Church Acts in St. Peter’s 1900-1974”

Vestry Minutes

Vestry Minutes 1836-61
Vestry Minutes 1865-1900

Highlights By year

Top 12 events, 2014
Top 5 events, 2015
Annual Meeting 2016 reports
15 events in 2017
Events that made a difference, 2018
Events that made a difference, 2019
Top Events, 2020
End of the year 2021
Events in 2022
Life at St. Peter’s, 2022


Just the photos, Part 1
Just the photos, Part 2
2023 Photos EOY


Mid-Year 2024 review

Parish or Congregational Meetings

2011 reflecting year 2010
2012 reflecting year 2011
2013 reflecting year 2012
2014 reflecting year 2013
2015 reflecting year 2014
2016 reflecting year 2015
2017 reflecting year 2016
2018 reflecting year 2017
2019 reflecting year 2018
2020 reflecting year 2019
2021 reflecting year 2020
2022 reflecting year 2021
2023 reflecting year 2022
2024 reflecting year 2023