Established in 1739, Buffalo Church is the oldest Presbyterian congregation in Southside Virginia still worshiping today. Prior to the Virginia Statute for Establishing Religious Freedom (1786), the Church of England was the official religion of Virginia. Three months after the Declaration of Independence, Buffalo Church was the first to petition the General Assembly to cancel the Anglican Church’s special privileges, such as the tax to support Anglican clergymen and the requirement of Anglican approval for marriage. For this congregation, religious and political liberties were linked.
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