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Elk Run ‘Dig’ to Become Historic Park

October 12, 2005

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A PARK: The site of Elk Run Anglican Church will become a historic park later this fall.

Fauquier Times Democrat – October 12, 2005 (reprinted with permission)

By Edward F. Dandar

The archaeological research project at Elk Run Anglican Church is nearing completion. The all-volunteer, community project has been underway since 1999.
Volunteers have worked on Saturdays, in good weather in spring, summer, and fall to help expose the foundation of the church and dig controlled excavation units for recovery of colonial artifacts and building materials.
On weekends during the winter months, they have work¬ed to clean and identify the artifacts recovered from the site.

HISTORIC AREA

Settlers first arrived in the Elk Run area between 1715 and 1719. By the time that Hamilton Parish was established in 1730, there were several hundred people living in the Elk Run vicinity of Virginia.
A wooden chapel is believed to have already existed by the 1740s, when Prince William Minute Books make note of road repairs being done in front of the “Elk Run Chapel.”
The chapel preceded the pre-Revolutionary brick cruci¬form structure that was built there in the late 1750s. The first rector of the Elk Run church was the Reverend James Keith, a native of Scotland, who from the 1740s until 1751. Rev. Keith was the grandfather of Chief Justice John Marshall, born not far away at Germantown.

PRESERVATION EFFORTS

To preserve the site for posterity, a preservation committee – led by St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Catlett, and in collaboration with St. James’ Church in Warrenton and ecumenically with other churches in the region – initiated the project.
The group has sought to raise funds through appeals to residents, organizations and businesses to support the research and the eventual development of the site as an historical park.
Neighbors and nearby residents, including members of the A. W. Patton family, have been especially helpful in these efforts.
Over the last five years, 54 controlled excavation units have been laid out and excavated under the supervision of our volunteer archaeologist, Dr. John Eddins.
A digital survey of key excavation unit points was accomplished in 2004 and final excavation unit measurements will be completed this fall. To date, found artifacts include handmade nails, ceramic dish fragments, 18th and 19th century coins, and Indian arrowheads dating back 4,000 years or more.

IN TRANSITION

The transition of the “dig site” into an historic park will happen later this fall.
The park will have the original four foot wide foundation outlined on the surface with colonial bricks, to reflect the actual size of the church. A designated section of the
church foundation has been selected to be enclosed with a plexiglas-like material for year-round viewing once the site is converted into a historic park.
The accompanying overhead-view of the church foundation indicates how the surface may appear, once park landscaping is completed. This photograph was made possible by Virginia Dominion Power.
Over the next few months the volunteers will help finish up the excavations and detailed documentation of the remains of the church. We will also begin back-filling the site, preparing a report and historical tourism pamphlets, landscaping the site, and developing permanent historical displays.
Volunteers are welcome to assist, and financial donations and or materials for the historic park are greatly appreciated. For more information visit the Web site.

Edward F Dandar, of Nokesville, is the chairman of the Elk Run Church Site Preservation Committee.

            

Elk Run Dig Nears Completion

May 9, 2005

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The Historiographer of the National Episcopal Historians and Archivists and The Historical Society of the Episcopal Church (reprinted with permission)
May 2005 – Vol. XLIII No. 2

Diocese of Virginia

What began as an attempt to clear brush uncovered the remains of what is believed to be the first brick church in the mid-18th century frontier of Fauquier County, Virginia. The Elk Run Anglican Church was built sometime in the late 1750s. It served as the mother church for Hamilton Parish, and its first rector was the Rev. James Keith. Today, the Preservation Committee, let by members of St. Stephen’s, Catlett, in collaboration with St. James’, Warrenton, is leading the archaeological effort to preserve the site.

Ned Browning, a descendant of Pastor Keith whose family acquired the church site in the 20th century, donated the land with the ruins of the church to St. Stephen’s. After his death in 1999, Edward F. Dandar, Jr., a retired Army colonel and St. Stephen’s historian, took charge of the excavation.

Over the past five years, 54 controlled excavation unites have been laid out and excavated under the supervision of volunteer archaeologist, Dr. John Eddins. Units #53 and #54 will be completed this summer. A digital survey of key excavation unit points was accomplished in 2004 and final excavation unit measurements will also be completed this summer. To date, found artifacts include handmade nails, ceramic dish fragments, 18th- and 19th-century coins, and Indian arrowheads dating back 4,000 years or more.

The all-volunteer archaeological team has confirmed that Elk Run Church was a rare Greek cross structure with roughly equal-sized extensions on all sides. The transition of the dig site into a historic park will happen later this fall. The original four food-wide foundation of the church will be outlined with Colonial bricks to reflect the actual size of the church. A designated section of the foundation has been selected to be enclosed with a Plexiglas-like material for year-round viewing once the site is converted into a park.

The Preservation Committee needs community volunteers this summer to complete the archaeological work. The site offers a unique opportunity not only to participate in “digging up some history,” but also to learn some fundamentals of archaeological work. Local citizens, church youth groups, Boy and Girl Scouts, 4H Club members are invited to participate in the project. The volunteers meet every Saturday during summer and fall, weather permitting.

For more information about this work, check out the Web site.

        

At Fauquier Church Site, Unearthing a Colony’s Past

August 9, 2004

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The Washington Post – Monday, August 9, 2004 (reprinted with permission)

By Lila Arzua

Working smoothly and systematically, a dozen volunteers carefully unearthed the remains of an 18th-century church in Fauquier County. Several knelt on the ground and used sharpened trowels to expose the stone foundation. Others collected the loosened dirt and sifted it in search of artifacts, using a special high-powered magnet to separate out earth-encrusted relics.
Finds were methodically placed in plastic bags and labeled with the precise location of each discover.

Despite its regimented approach, the team of excavators at the Elk Run Anglican Church site is an unusual one. Only one member is a professional archaeologist; the rest are passionate amateurs.

“You might find something no one else has and change something everybody else thought,” said 12-year-old-Melanie Fuechsel, a seventh-grader who hopes to become an archaeologist. As she sifted through loose dirt, she spotted what she thought might be a piece of quarts. Upon further inspection, the object turned out to be a fragment of a small coin – a Spanish real, minted in Seville in the 1730s.

Every Saturday during the summer, anyone who wants to can comb through the remains of Elk Run Anglican Church and participates in archaeological study usually reserved for experts.

“All the bits and pieces, the nails and the pottery, rubble and glass tell us the history about Colonial Virginia church life,” said Brenda Branscome, a former history teacher who says her interest in archaeology began years ago in the sandbox. She has spent three seasons digging at the site.

A number of the volunteers, in fact, are still in elementary school. On a recent Saturday, Richard Loving of Catlett brought a troop of Scouts, including his sons – Bailey, 9, and Marshall, 7 – and promised them a fishing trip after a morning of digging.
With his father’s help, Marshall concentrated on brushing the dust off a half-buried brick. Bailey, who had helped at the site before, chose his favorite task – pushing buckets’ worth of soil through the sifter.

“I get to play in the dirt,” bragged Bailey, pulling his arms from the mound of earth he was coaxing through a large square sieve. He proudly showed off a piece of glazed brick.

Elk Run Anglican Church was one of the earliest churches in the Piedmont area of Virginia. It was built during the 1750s, replacing a wooden chapel on the site. The first rector was the Rev. James Keith, who was the maternal grandfather of John Marshall, chief justice of the United States.

Ned Browning, a descendant of Pastor Keith’s whose family came to own the church site in the 20th century, donated the land and the ruins of the church to St. Stephen’s, an Episcopal church about 10 miles north in Catlett. Browning died of cancer in 1999. Edward F. Dandar Jr., a returned Army colonel and the historian of St Stephen’s, has been in charge of the excavation since.

Starting in late spring, Dandar dedicates nearly every weekend to managing the dig, taking off the waterproof tarpaulin that protects the site during the week, coordinating the corps of volunteers and cataloguing the finds, which have included pottery shards, 3000-year-old arrowheads and pieces of a German 18th-century porcelain jug. In the winter, volunteers pack the site with hay until the next digging season and concentrate on cleaning and identifying artifacts.

Since 2000, archaeologist John Eddins, 52, has donated his expertise to the excavation.

Eddins said that inviting volunteers from the community to help dig is becoming an increasingly popular way to pursue projects that don’t have funding. The trick, he said, is to make sure that the helpers, both young and old, are properly trained and monitored.

For example, at first it was difficult to discern what was foundation and what was the ruble around it. Volunteers were taught to use a specialized probe to gently tap away dirt and rocks to expose the original wall without destroying it.

“A lot of times, folks go out there and just dig, and the information isn’t recorded properly and then lost” at unsupervised digs, Eddins said.

While further study is necessary to determine the height and appearance of the church, Eddins and others speculate that is somewhat resembled Aquia Church in Stafford, another brick cruciform church that was build in the 1750s and remains open as an Episcopal church.

The group’s goal is to finish digging by October and then to get the permits necessary to uncover the graves in the adjacent cemetery and conduct DNA tests on some of the remains. The plan is eventually to build a historic park where church services might be held. Dandar envisions the outline of the foundation protected with a layer of Colonial bricks, with a corner section enclosed in Plexiglas-like material for the public to examine.

“It’s provided us with a living expression of faith that was here long before the Episcopal church,” said the Rev. Roma W. Maycock, who had been the rector of St. Stephen’s for 19 years. Working in gardening gloves and khakis, she has found her share of glass shards in the soil.

Maycock said that while the endeavor has strengthened an appreciation for the past among newcomers and longtime residents, sustaing the congregation’s interest – and drawing others to the project – has become a challenge as the years go by.
“We want things so fast in our society, it’s hard to have the patience required for thorough, diligent archaeology,” she said.

                

Help Us Finish the Elk Run Project

July 14, 2004

The Fauquier Times-Democrat, Wednesday, July 14, 2004 (with permission)

It all began in 1998 when a neighbor started clearing brush from the Elk Run property. Less than a year later, members of St. Stephen’s Church in Catlett began to uncover the remains of what is believed to be the first brick church in Fauquier County’s mid-1700s frontier.

The Elk Run Anglican Church was built sometime in the 1750’s. It served as the mother church for Hamilton Parish and its first rector, the Rev. James Keith, was the grandfather of Chief Justice John Marshall.

The Elk Run Church Site Preservation Committee, led by members of St. Stephen’s, Catlett in collaboration with St. James, Warrenton, is leading the archaeological effort to preserve this colonial church site.

Over the last five years, 50 controlled excavation units have been laid out and five remain to be excavated this summer. Volunteer archaeologist, Dr. John Eddins, completed the digital survey of key excavation unit points on July 10, and designated a section of the foundation to be enclosed for year-round viewing once the site is converted into a Historic Park. To date, found artifacts include handmade nails, ceramic dish fragments, 19th century coins and Indian arrowheads dating back 4000 years or more. Some of these artifacts can be viewed in a display case at the Old Jail Museum in Warrenton.

The all-volunteer archaeological team has confirmed that Elk Run Church was a rare Greek cross structure with roughly equal sized extensions on all sides. At least two other pre-Revolutionary Anglican churches in Virginia – Aquia and Abingdon – were built in the cruciform plan.

The Preservation Committee needs community volunteers this summer to complete the archaeological work. The Site offers a unique opportunity for citizens to not only participate in “digging up some history,” but also learn some fundamentals of doing archaeological work.

The volunteers meet every Saturday, weather permitting. Summer and fall “dig hours” are from 8:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. You can join them anytime during that period.

Participants should wear work clothes and hats suited to the weather, and bring gloves, kneeling pad, and a bag lunch. Tools, water, hot coffee, tea, and snacks are provided.

Local citizens, Church youth groups, Boy Scouts, 4H Club members, are invited to participate in this community historical project. The Dig Site is located 100 yards west of the intersection of State Route 806 and State Route 610.

The Elk Run Web Site has been recently updated and a new Homepage design implemented. The web site provides photos, research, genealogy information, historical maps, and progress to date.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Ed Dandar by email (efdandar@us.net) or telephone (703-791-6158).

            

Circa 1750 Anglican Church Hidden Under Earth for 170 Years

April 9, 2002

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Pottery Fragments found at Elk Run

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Archaeologist John Eddins Records findings in a controlled excavation unit.

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Petrone & Associates use remote sensing technology to identify possible burial sites in the Elk run cemetery.

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Finding all of the corners of the foundation was the key to confirming rumors that the Elk run Church was indeed a cruciform design.

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Soil is carefully sifted so that tiny artifacts are not overlooked.

From The Virginia Episcopalian, April 2002 (with permission)

By Ed Dandar and Nancy Jenkins

It all began in 1998 when a neighbor started clearing brush from the Elk Run property. Less than a year later, members of St. Stephen’s Church in Catlett began to uncover the remains of what is believed to be the first brick church in Fauquier County’s mid-1700s frontier.

Elk Run Anglican Church was built sometime in the 1750’s. It served as the mother church for Hamilton Parish and its first rector, the Rev. James Keith, was the grandfather of Chief Justice John Marshall. Until now, the only recorded description of the church was made by Bishop Meade who, in 1857, wrote that it was “a substantial brick church, cruciform, I believe. I am not certain that the roof was on it when I first saw it in 1811. Its walls continued for many years after this and I saw them gradually disappear during my annual visits to the conventions.” The Elk Run Church Site Preservation Committee, led by St. Stephen’s, Catlett in collaboration with St. James, Warrenton, is leading the archaeological effort to preserve this colonial church site. In June of 1999, Ned Browning, the owner of the property and descendant of the first rector Keith, approved of the preservation plan and donated the land to St. Stephen’s.

By exposing 95% of the intact foundation, the all-volunteer archaeological team has confirmed that Elk Run Church was a rare Greek cross structure with roughly equal sized extensions on all sides. At least two other pre-Revolutionary Anglican churches in Virginia – Aquia and Abingdon – were built in the cruciform plan.

Both Aquia and Elk Run Churches were built in the 1750s but while Aquia is still an active church today, Elk Run was abandoned sometime after 1806. After abandonment, the church fell into decay and some of its brick and wood was carried off for use in other structures. What remained fell into the earth and was eventually buried beneath pasture and cedar trees. Until now, the church foundation and artifacts had been hidden from view for about 170 years.

Community volunteers under the direction of volunteer archaeologist Dr. John Eddins, dug a total of 27 controlled excavation units between April 2000 and November 2001. Findings are plotted on a grid to help track their spatial relationships within the site. To date, found artifacts include handmade nails, ceramic dish fragments, 19th century coins and Indian arrowheads dating back 4000 years or more.

The team’s speculation about an adjacent cemetery was confirmed in December of 2000 with the discovery of the first grave. Months later, Pete Petrone, whose earlier team discovered an underground ship at the Great Pyramid in 1987, came to Elk Run and conducted remote sensing to determine the church cemetery boundaries, possible positions of burials within the cemetery, and areas that might have further archaeological significance.

At the dedication of the historical marker in 2000, colonial church historian Carl Lounsbury of the Williamsburg Foundation said “I am deeply awed by all of you for creating history here. History is ambivalent. There are facts, but facts are useless until you make something of them. We know, and we knew for a long time, that there was an Elk Run Church and we had an idea that it might have been cruciform, but it is thanks to you and all your volunteers that have actually turned this into a reality. It will then integrate into a public memory of this place. It can only grow as time progresses.”

Using their knowledge of period architecture and the provided by the archaeology team, the Williamsburg Foundation will provide a computer drawing of how the church probably looked. The Preservation Committee is already raising funds to convert the property into County Historic Park Site where visitors can learn about the colonial church. To this end, they will soon outline the surface of the foundation with colonial brick.

The Committee also has an extensive Web site which includes historic maps, photos of the site and artifacts, and genealogical information. Contributions for this effort can be mailed to the Elk Run Church Site Preservation Committee, 8538 Greenwich Road, Catlett, Virginia 20119.

Ed Dandar is the Chairman of the Elk Run Preservation Committee and a member, of St. Stephen’s, Catlett.

            

What Lies Beneath

July 18, 2001

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Dr. Bill Hanna, right, Phyllis Scott of Warrenton, and Jim Olmstead of Nokesville run ground-penetrating radar over the Elk Run Church site.

From The Fauquier Times-Democrat, Wednesday, July 18, 2001 (with permission)Times-Democrat Staff Photo/Yayoi Ayukawa

Since last spring, significant progress has been achieved in uncovering the 1750s brick, Greek cross foundation of the Elk Run Anglican Church in Fauquier County. Community volunteers under the direction of volunteer archaeologist Dr. John Eddins, have opened 27 controlled excavation units to reveal the exact location and dimensions of the well-preserved foundation, the cruciform shape, and information about building techniques and materials.

The committee’s goal is to create a properly landscaped historical park that will include an outline of the church foundation, perimeter of the cemetery, and three educational interpretive signs providing information about the church, the cemetery and the Elk Run community over time.

Last December, machine-assisted excavation coupled with hand excavation confirmed an adjacent burial site. Petrone & Associates will now conduct technical remote sensing to help locate the boundaries of the church cemetery and the positions of graves within it.

Remote-sensing methods are used to non-intrusively locate objects or structural features underground. In order for these objects or features to be detected, they must have some electromagnetic property that differs from that of the surrounding soil.

The three most important remote sensing tools being used in Elk Run archaeological investigations are ground-penetrating radar, the electromagnetic method and magnetic-gradiometry.

The ground-penetrating radar used at Elk Run is a sled-shaped antenna that is pulled along the ground. It is attached to an electronic control unit, video display unit, color monitor and recorder. Its scan range will enable operators to see reflections to an approximate depth of 4 feet.

“Echoes” from GPR can result from reflections off of building foundations, grave shafts, cobbles, boulders, brick masses, the tap-root of a large tree, a large animal burrow, a pipeline, an electrical line, or pieces of metal, glass, ceramic, or plastic.

Pete Petrone, a former 39-year photographic specialist for National Geographic Magazine, used GPR in archaeology and forensic studies. In Egypt in 1987, his team discovered and remotely photographed a 4,600-year-old underground ship of Pharaoh Khufu at the base of the Great Pyramid on the Giza Plateau.

The electro-magnetic device generates a magnetic field, which in turn induces a magnetization in the soil or induces a magnetic field within a metal object. It can detect magnetic susceptibility to a depth of about 2 feet or conductivity to a depth of about 5 feet.

Magnetic gradiometry makes detailed measurements of the earth’s magnetic field and of its vertical gradient. The vertical gradient is valuable for highlighting the shallowest buried magnetic objects.

Information generated from the research will be made available on the Internet. Also, portable displays of pictures and artifacts are planned for public places throughout the county.

    

Work Continues on Elk Run Church Site

February 28, 2001

From The Fauquier Times-Democrat, Wednesday, February 28, 2001 (with permission)

Much work has been accomplished since the project began in August 1999 to preserve the 1750s Anglican Church brick cruciform foundation in the village of Elk Run.

During February the Elk Run Church Site Preservation Committee, Scouts from Troop 1177 and local 4-H Club members met to clean artifacts recovered during summer 2000 excavations. Under the guidance of Dr. John Eddins, volunteer Archaeologist, Scouts are working on their Archaeology Merit Badge requirements and the 4-H Club members are earning Community Service hours.

A total of 27 excavation units were dug in 2000.

Artifacts range from different size nails; broken church window glass; salt glazed pottery fragments; plaster wall fragments; clay pipe stem; 19th Century coins; a Colonial clothing button; some whole bricks and broken brick pieces, and Indian arrowheads dating back 4000 years or more.

Eddins’ archaeology laboratory work consists of systematically cleaning, identifying, numbering, re-bagging artifacts in new bags with ID tags, and placing them in storage bags. The artifacts were then recorded in a site catalog.

The next scheduled Artifact Cleaning is on 10 March, 9AM to 3PM at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church parish house, 8538 Greenwich Road, Catlett, Virginia. Those wishing to participate may call the Church Office at (540) 788-4252 for confirmation and directions.

Also in February, committee chairman, Ed Dandar, and Webmaster, David Buckwalter provided a display and a briefing on Elk Run Church Preservation activities to the Warrenton Rotary Club.

The display included a 3/16-inch scale model created by volunteer Architect Carol Miller that provides a future view of the park layout. Continued community support will be needed to establish this site as a Fauquier Historical Park.

The Elk Run Church Web Site also has been updated with historic map extracts, new photos of recent activities and plans for their “2001 Dig” at Elk Run.

        

Cemetery Explored

December 9, 2000

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On the evening of August 23, 2000, the Elk Run Church Site Preservation Committee received permission from William and Jacqueline Patton to search for the Church Cemetery on their adjoining property.

On December 9, 2000, the search for the suspected adjacent Church Cemetery begins by using a backhoe with a smooth blade to dig shallow parallel trenches to expose possible graves. By late afternoon, the first gravesite was confirmed, was photographed and the measurements documented.

        

Summer of Discovery at Elk Run

September 6, 2000

From The Fauquier Times-Democrat, Wednesday, September 6, 2000 (with permission)

By Edward Dandar

It was one year ago last month that members of the congregation of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Catlett were convinced that the site of the old Elk Run Anglican Church – the colonial “mother church” of the Episcopal churches in this region – should be saved.

The late Edward Parry Browning, III, a descendant of the Rev. James Keith, its first minister, donated the 100 ft. x 100 ft. lot to St. Stephen’s Church to be preserved as a historic site.

Since that time, a number of preservation tasks have been accomplished.

Beginning in late April 2000, a group of volunteers, assisted by volunteer archaeologist, Dr. John Eddins, has engaged in archaeological excavations at the site of the old Elk Run Church.

The dig participants have opened 19 excavation units of varying sizes, exposing sections of the stone foundation of the church, including a number of interior and exterior corners.

Much has been learned about the ancient church, and others like it. Historic documents and recent excavations have indicated that the Elk Run Church was a cruciform or cross-shaped building.

The relative positions of the exposed interior and exterior foundation corners as well as the uncovering of the entire south transept segment of the Church foundation validates the unique Greek-cross shape of the church.

At least two other 18th century pre-Revolutionary Anglican churches in northern Virginia, the Aquia Church and the Abingdon Church were built with cruciform plans.

Of the two, only Aquia Church is a true Greek-cross church, a variant of the cruciform shape with symmetrical and equally sized extensions on all sides. Rough measurements taken thus far of the uncovered Elk Run Church foundation strongly indicate that it is a smaller, but Greek-cross structure.

Both the Aquia and Elk Run Churches were built in the 1750s. While Aquia is still an active Church in Stafford County, Elk Run Church was abandoned sometime after 1806.

We are learning more about the fate of Elk Run Church. After abandonment, the building fell into decay, and the brick, wood, and other materials that made up the church were carried off for use in other structures in the area.

What remained fell into the earth and was eventually buried beneath pasture and cedar trees. The Church foundation and other artifacts have been hidden from view for about 170 years.

The main goal at this point in the project is exposure of the entire foundation, including the main walls, the North and South Transepts, any entrances, stairways, and other architectural features.

The excavators are also trying to recover any artifacts that would illustrate activity inside and outside the church. In many parts of the site, this has proven more difficult due to the amount of rubble from fallen walls, tree roots and other disturbances.

Historical research documentation submitted by the Preservation Committee to the Virginia Board of Historic Resources was approved in mid-June for an Elk Run Anglican Church Site Historical Highway Marker. A community ceremony is planned at the Elk Run Church Site for 21 October at 11 AM.

Our continuing research strongly indicates that a cemetery may have been adjacent to the Elk Run Church.

Permission to conduct archeological work on the adjoining property to confirm the existence of the cemetery has been granted by the property owners, William C. and Jacqueline E. Patton of Elk Run, Virginia. Archaeological search for the cemetery will begin later this fall.

Meanwhile, the elder Pattons, A.W. and Pheobe Patton, have given permission to the Preservation Committee for parking on their property across the road from the Church Site to accommodate parking for the highway marker dedication.

GROWING INTEREST

Artifacts uncovered thus far include: pieces of glass from the church windows, plaster fragments from the interior walls, locally made bricks of different color and composition, a large assortment of hand-made nails, broken ceramic dish fragments, a few pre-historic arrow heads, an 1841 dime, and buttons from possibly Colonial-era clothing.

All will eventually be cleaned and labeled and made available for display throughout the community.

Local citizens, Church youth groups and members, Boy Scouts, 4H Club, high school and college students, recent graduates, and out-of-state visitors have participated in this community historical project.

Others wishing to assist at the Elk Run site dig on Saturdays may call St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Office at (540) 788-4252 to leave their name and phone numbers.

Additional project information, initial church foundation measurements, color photos of ongoing archaeological fieldwork and key events can be found at our new Web site address.

The site’s new Web master is David Buckwalter, a graduate of Liberty High School and a first year Freshman at Penn State University. Buckwalter has added some new features to help users navigate through the site’s holdings, including new information on genealogy discovered through Committee research, and the addition of some useful external links.

Donations to support and sustain this preservation effort can be mailed to Treasurer, Elk Run Church Site Preservation Fund, 8538 Greenwich Road, Catlett, Virginia 20119.

                    

Highway Marker is Approved

July 5, 2000

From The Fauquier Times-Democrat, Wednesday, July 5, 2000 (with permission)

The Board of Historic Resources recently approved the Elk Run Anglican Church Site historical marker. This sign documents the history of the Fauquier County church, which existed before the Revolutionary War and was abandoned by 1811. Its first permanent minister was the Rev. James Keith, grandfather of Chief Justice John Marshall.

The Elk Run Church Site Preservation Committee at Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church is sponsoring this marker. Edward F. Dandar, Jr. and Jackie Lee researched and assisted in writing the marker text.

The proposed location for the sign is on Route 806 near the intersection of Route 610. The Virginia Department of Transportation will determine the exact site of the marker with the sponsors’ assistance.

Funds for new markers come from private organizations, individuals and local jurisdictions.