This was the first African American church in King George County. It was built by former slaves of Spy Hill and other neighboring plantations. The church began meeting at a brush habor in 1868. The first building was built in 1872, but was torn down and rebuilt in 1892. My great-grandparents, George and Mary Frances Thompson Gray were married here on December 29, 1898. The building has undergone many renovations since that time. I remember when it was a simple white and green one room sanctuary. Now it has beautiful brick overlay, a finished basement with kitchen, two annexes and a baptismal pool. This church served as a sanctuary for my family during the nadir of racism and jim crow. It stands as a testament to God's faithfulness and unwavering love. For more information on Good Hope, scroll down to the story Loving Mary Frances.