RUSTBURG, VA - The Rustburg Presbyterian church, which has graced the main thoroughfare of the village since 1850, will soon be getting a fresh look. In 2022 church leadership and County officials collaboratively orchestrated the sale of the property to Campbell County, with the congregation continuing to meet there for Sunday services. Public Works teams are now taking measures to preserve this historic property, with the first step being a partnership with Jennnings Stained Glass Inc. of Gladys VA, for Phase I restoration of the windows.
Starting May 1, Public Works teams will assist in the removal of all upstairs windows, with sashes taken to Mr. Jennings’ workshop to be restored to their original condition. Meanwhile Public Works staff will also restore the interior and exterior window openings, with shutters removed, repaired and painted. During construction the public may notice the windows temporarily boarded with white, painted plywood to protect the church. Phase 2 will consist of incrementally removing and restoring the first floor windows.
“This will be a slow and methodical process. We intend to take our time due to the fact that we are working with an important and historical building here in the heart of the Village. We want to ensure we are doing it right to preserve its integrity and aesthetics for future generations,” said Brian Stokes, Director of Public Works.
The County is currently conducting a space study to determine long-term needs and options for office buildings and programming spaces. While no specific office has been assigned to the church building yet, Stokes is confident that this historic site will be used in years ahead to house staff and services to serve the public even more efficiently.
“We are pleased to have this opportunity to preserve a piece of Rustburg’s long-standing culture and history. It has steadfastly served the village for 173 years, and our aim is to keep it in a restored condition where it will continue to be a beacon of faithfulness and service to others for many years to come.”