Big Bethel Church and Cemetery

Big Bethel Church and Cemetery (HM19J1)

Location: Hampton, VA 23666
Country: United States of America

N 37° 5.634', W 76° 25.527'

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Bethel Church moved to this location from Hampton in 1842. The original church built here—the third Bethel Church—was destroyed during the Civil War. The individuals interred here were members of the Big Bethel Baptist Church congregation who died between the construction of the fourth Big Bethel church in 1876 and its closure in 1926. The grave marker inscriptions are online at Some burials were relocated to other cemeteries in the 1920s, and a list of those interments is not available at this time. Steadfast Faith: the Proving Years, by Elizabeth Page Smith documents the history of Bethel Baptist Church. Bethel Baptist Church now meets on Yorktown Road in Tabb, Virginia, at its sixth church.

The tall obelisk commemorating the Battle of Big Bethel, which took place on June 10, 1861, was erected by the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1905. Most of the battle took place within a half-mile radius of the third Bethel Church. The battle was the first significant battle of the Civil War and the first Confederate victory. The third Bethel Church location is now submerged, and most of the battlefield is submerged or developed.
HM NumberHM19J1
Series This marker is part of the United Daughters of the Confederacy series
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 5:29pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 373321 N 4106239
Decimal Degrees37.09390000, -76.42545000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 5.634', W 76° 25.527'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 5' 38.04" N, 76° 25' 31.62" W
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Area Code(s)757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1701 Big Bethel Rd, Hampton VA 23666, US
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