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Tours offered Sunday of historic Abingdon Glebehouse

Abingdon Glebehouse in years gone by, left, and today. The historic structure will be open for tours on Sunday.

St. James On-the-Glebe Anglican Church, Gloucester, will celebrate St. James Day at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.Tours of the historic Abingdon Glebehouse will be offered at 12:30 p.m. The Rev. Kevin Fife, vicar, and wife Mary Willis Fife live in the house.

One of the oldest structures in Gloucester, it dates from before 1724. In February, Colonial Williamsburg featured the Glebehouse in a tour of “rarely seen historic homes” for a symposium given.

There are lots of stories about the house from colonial shotguns hidden behind the window shutters to apparently George Washington’s father staying here when it was first used as a Glebehouse, a release said.

Until one century ago, the structure was home to the rector of Abingdon Episcopal Church. It became the property of St. James in 2006.

The feast day of St. James is celebrated on July 25 every year in the Roman Cath...

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