Mountain View Baptist Church in Batesville

One of the wonderful things about living in central Virginia is the beautiful fall weather, perfect for exploring back country roads.

Mountain View Baptist Church (2007)

Along a recent trip, I came across a 100-year-old African-American Church: Mountain View Baptist, located in downtown Batesville. Located on a steep hillside, the original stone foundation and steeple lie in the center. While there is no contiguous cemetery, an historic black cemetery lies about half-a-mile to the north of the church, adjacent to the Wild Rose Cemetery.

Mountain View Baptist Church (1909)

Edward K. Lay discusses the architectural features of this church in his book, _The Architecture of Jefferson country: Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia. _To view historic photographs of the century-old church, visit Professor Lay’s on-line digital collection of “The Architecture of Jefferson Country.” Note, “Jefferson Country” is a moniker for Charlottesville and Albemarle County.