First Baptist Church, Williamsburg, VA This is the front of the current building. It is nearly all brick with double doors which have a cross atop the frame and it all leads up to a steeple with a cross atop that. There are a few steps that lead up to the church's doors.Here is the current sign for First Baptist which details the meeting times, the scripture for the month, and the name of the minister, Rev. Dr. Reginald F. Davis.Here is the sign from the Department of Historic Resources detailing the history of First Baptist.This sign details the history of First Baptist and was gifted by the History Ministry of First Baptist on the church's 237th anniversary.A shot of the historic section located in the narthex. Besides banners with information, there are original chairs and a pulpit as well as an original clock, all from the previous building they had prior to 1955.A clock from the previous building. My guide said that as far as he knows, it could have been put in to make sure the preacher doesn't go on too long.This is one of the chairs from the original building, probably for a deacon or elder to sit at during worship.This is the big chair and pulpit from the original church. The big chair more than likely is where the minister would sit during worship.A shot of the member of the church who showed me around and me while I ring the bell and watch it on screen.This is the screen in the narthex that shows the bell, restored by Colonial Williamsburg.A shot of the front of the church from about the fourth row of pews. It shows a stained glass window with a white Jesus, five chairs, a Communion table in front of the altar, and four tables, two on each side and the ones closer to the Communion table having a cloth and flowers on top of them. In the back by the choir pews are an American flag on the left and a Christian flag on the right.A closer shot detailing more of the Communion table. It has carved on the front apron, "This do in remembrance of me" and atop sits two chalices and two candles with a green runner on top of the table and an open Bible in the middle of it all.Here is the current piano and drumset, more or less a staple in a lot of churches today that attempt to combine traditional and contemporary musical styles.A shot of the five chairs behind the pulpit. The outside two are shorter with a flat top while the middle three have similar carvings but a curved top featuring a cross in the open space. The chair in the middle is the largest.This shows the current front of the church. Five chairs sit at the front and behind a small wall is an organ and rows for the choir. Behind them is the baptistry with a stained glass window above it, depicting a white Jesus looking at a light coming down from Heaven while he appears to kneel in prayer.More detail of the other side of the front of the church. The colors are blue and white and it displays a high architectural style, neoclassical of sorts.A table from the previous building. It has a somewhat ornate design with some carving on its four splayed legs. The top is some kind of stone.A shot of the worship space from the front looking back. There are quite a few pews and the middle aisle is roped off on the front and last pew. Four chandeliers are in the room, and there is a balcony with additional seating and the sound and video equipment. Flowers sit on the windowsill of the multiple windows going along both side walls.This is a poster showing pictures from First Baptist's history, including the old brick building and the ground breaking for the current one.The piano from the previous building, painted or stained black, with pictures of the previous building and other church-related photos on top of and around it.Five chairs from the previous building, huddled together and sectioned off by velvet rope.A table from the previous building, and on top of it is a plate to collect tithes.A table from the previous buildingHere is an original hymn and scripture board from the previous building. If you're Baptist even remotely or have even attended a country church, you have seen one of these.This is an older tithing box. It has a cross on top and the post between the base and the box says "TRY GOD."Here are two former ministers' headshots, one of them being Rev. L.L. Johnson who led the church through the transition to the new building.This plaque details daughter and granddaughter churches from First Baptist, five and two churches respectively, formed between 1865 and 1919.This is a poster commemorating the 240th anniversary of First Baptist, showing pictures of it as well as of the daughter and granddaughter churches.Here is the tombstone for Robert F. Hill, protected behind glass.Here is the tombstone for Lucy Ann Dunlop, protected behind glass.Here Masons lay the cornerstone for the current church building. There are about ten people present, and they appear to be in formal, if not somewhat ceremonial dress for the laying.The cornerstone of the current First Baptist, stating, "Jesus Christ, The Chief Cornerstone, First Baptist Church, Organized 1776, Erected 1955"Here some youth of First Baptist play ping pong while others in the background play other games.Here is a group photo of the Junior Choir at First Baptist. Like many photos of a group of young people, some are smiling and some look like they want to be anywhere else.Here is a picture of what looks to be a church dinner. Everyone is dressed in their Sunday best and there isn't an empty seat in the house.This sign tells a sweeping overview of First Baptist and sits outside the exhibit in Colonial Williamsburg.Colonial Williamsburg's building paying homage to First Baptist, not on the site of the original church.This sign shows a runaway ad for someone who was "very fond of singing hymns and preaching" and below the ad it speaks some of Black preachers more generally in the 18th century.This short snippet details the very beginning of First Baptist when it was a hush harbor (or brush arbor like some like to say).This sign talks about the Black Church more generally and its impact on the community, using First Baptist as an example.A picture of the previous building made up of three separate banners and detailing a bit of the church's history.A short snippet of First Baptist's history when it was used as a Civil War hospital and later a school for the Freedman's Bureau.The site of the original First Baptist Church's brick building, constructed 1855. It now stands as simply a lot, in this shot with trees surrounding it and gray, overcast skies in the background.A sign at the original site of First Baptist detailing some of the history of the church.