The Salem Church played an important role in the Civil War battles of both Chancellorsville and Fredericksburg.
This wonderful folk art replica of the Old Salem Church is rich with details such as the painted brick facade, shake shingle roof and shaped and paint-trimmed windows. The paint is applied to paper covering the dovetail constructed house. It also has the original mortise lock which suggests it was never meant to be a functioning bird house. It was made so the second floor hinges open revealing the first floor complete with two rows of pews. The pews appear to have been made to hold bird feed but the condition of the bird house suggests it was never used as such.
What the interior reveals is the bird house was used as a shrine to the Battle of Fredericksburg and the Confederate soldiers that fought there. There are newspaper clippings about Confederate Generals and an early photo of the Salem Church pasted to the underside of the second floor. The original Old Salem Church was donated to the American people by the congregation in 1961 and it is now part of the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park.
The bird house measures 13" by 17" and 15 1/2" tall, not including the flagpole and flag. There is some minor damage to the paint/paper around the bottom of the house and general age darkening of the paper. The base has been replaced.
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