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Chapel of the Centurion
Fort Monroe, Chapel of the Centurion, Off Ruckman Road, Hampton, Hampton, VA.jpg
Fort Monroe, Chapel of the Centurion, HABS Photo
Location Fort Monroe, Hampton, Virginia
Built 1856
Architect Richard Upjohn
Architectural style Carpenter Gothic
Part of Fort Monroe (ID66000912)
NRHP reference No. 10000582
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Added to NRHP October 15, 1966, March 28, 2011

The Chapel of the Centurion is the oldest continually used wooden military structure for religious services in the United States. It is located inside Fort Monroe, a former military installation located in Hampton, Virginia. The Chapel is named for Cornelius the Centurion, who is believed to be the first Gentile to convert to Christianity.


Construction of the chapel began in 1856 and it was consecrated on May 3, 1858. It was designed by architect, Richard Upjohn, in the Carpenter Gothic style. Fort Monroe is no longer an active Army post.

It was individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2011.


The Chapel had an active congregation and On March 25, 2012, Lucious B. Morton was installed as the first civilian and first permanent pastor of the Centurion Interdenominational Church.

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