Yesterday I was happy to see they are once again painting the beautiful restored steeple of the Lexington Presbyterian Church. I remember this was the same church that was on fire in 2002 and how horrified we were watching the steeple actually fall down.
The Virginia State Police ruled the fire was accidental in nature,
the result of the heating of wood while workers were scraping paint.
The church is a downtown landmark on the National Historic Register and was attended by Thomas Johnathan “Stonewall” Jackson who was known to fall asleep during sermons.
From en.wikipedia.org :
Lexington Presbyterian Church is a historic Presbyterian church building at Main and Nelson Streets in Lexington, Virginia. It was designed by noted architect Thomas U. Walter in 1843, and completed in 1845. A rear addition was built in 1859; stucco added in the 1880s; the building was renovated and enlarged in 1899; and the Sunday School wing was added in 1906. It is a monumental “T”-shaped, temple form stuccoed brick building in the Greek Revival style. The front facade features a Greek Doric pedimented peristyle portico consisting of six wooden columns and a full entablature. The building is topped by a tower with louvered belfry and spire.
Starting in 1851, Stonewall Jackson was a member of the church and taught Sunday school. In 1863 he was buried in the church’s cemetery.