Portsmouth’s annual Steeple To Steeple church and synagogue tour will be on Saturday, May 11th, 2019, starting at 9:00 am. This tour takes you inside seven of Hampton Roads most interesting and beautiful churches as well as the Chevra T'helim synagogue. It starts at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church on the corner of Washington and High streets. St. Paul’s stunning German glass from the early years of the twentieth century has been recently cleaned as well as its many murals and statuary. Other church interiors on the tour are Trinity Episcopal Church, from 1762, with its six windows by Louis Comfort Tiffany (on his pencil list and so done by him, not Tiffany and Co.), painted windows from the 1850s and Civil War era and rare English White Friars windows; Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, perhaps the oldest black congregation in the nation, with handsome ceiling murals, pews hand hewn by slaves, hiding places on the “underground railroad,” and slave made stained glass and ironwork; St. John’s Episcopal Church in high Victorian style with what is thought to be the largest altar window ever made by Tiffany and Company; Monumental United Methodist Church which claims to be the oldest continuously operating Methodist congregation in the South and third oldest in the nation; Chevra T'helim synagogue, recently restored as a museum with a Holocaust Torah; First Presbyterian with two-hundred year old English pews and rare English stenciled glass windows and finally Court Street Baptist which is one of only two Baptist churches in the nation in the Romanesque Revival style - inside its dozens of stained glass windows in gold and pink fill the interior with a golden glow. The tour starts at 9:00 am Saturday, May 11th, with lunch (included in the price of the ticket) and ends at 3:00 pm; it is led by three costumed interpreters. For tickets contact Dean Burgess, 757-393-0973 or at redlion3@juno.com, or send your check to Steeple to Steeple , P. O. Box 126, Portsmouth, VA 23705-0126 (made out to Steeple To Steeple ). Tickets are $20 in advance, $21 if ordered online and $25 on the day of the walk. The tour starts at Saint Paul’s Roman Catholic Church (518 High Street, corner of Washington Street). All the churches are handicapped accessible, but please note your special needs in advance. The proceeds from the 2019 tour are being donated to the Portsmouth Museums Foundation and will be matched by the London House Endowment from Trinity and St. John’s Episcopal Churches.


Clifford King Harbin

Committee Chair



Dean Burgess
P. O. Box 126, Portsmouth, VA 23705-0126