Massaponax Church was founded in 1788, and the church building was built in 1859. The original church was only the front portion of today's church building. During the Civil War, the church was used as a headquarters for both the Confederate and Union armies, a hospital for the wounded, and a stable. One unique characteristic of the church are the writings on the wall. During the Civil War, many soldiers wrote on the walls. Much was painted over during renovations, but some were preserved and are still visible today in the balcony of the church. These writings are a must-see for any Civil War enthusiast.