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Winston Family Chapel....near Culpeper VA. | by Roger Lancaster Photos
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Winston Family Chapel....near Culpeper VA.

The chapel was built in 1908 by the wealthy Winston family as a memorial to a dead son. As local legend tells, the Winstons were rivals of the Somervilles, another family in the area. In true Romeo and Juliet fashion, two young lovers, one each from the opposing families, married and joined the rivals through future generations. Although the Winston patriarch who built the church stipulated that it was to pass down to Winston descendants only, today, all of the Winston family has passed away, leaving only Somerville descendants to inherit the Winston holdings, including the chapel. It is now pretty much abandoned and in great need of repair...sure hope someone steps up and does the work as it is a gorgeous building. It is located on Rte. 522 between Culpeper and Rapidan VA. HDR

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Taken on June 24, 2018