Project Log:

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February 28, 2017

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Rev. Keith wall panel in progress

October 20, 2012

Gail R. Fleischaker of Shutesbury, MA, a descendant of Elk Run Church’s first minister, Rev. James Keith, is drafting a Museum wall panel on Rev. Keith.

Two Museum Display Cases Acquired

April 20, 2012

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Great progress has been made at the Elk Run Church Museum since January 2012.  Early donations allowed us to buy two used glass display cases.   Billy Gulick helped in their movement.   Karl Hertag and Becky Garber helped in modifying them with a new base, wheels to permit their mobility, and a new coat of paint.  Artifacts formerly in two mobile display cases are now displayed in them.

Article published in ‘The Historiographer’

Article on “Elk Run Church’s Past, Present and Future” was published by The Historiographer of The National Episcopal Historians and Archivists.

Cemetery Deed Transfer Ceremony

November 20, 2011

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The adjacent Elk Run Church Cemetery had changed owners over the years but on November 20, 2011William C. Patton, Jacqueline E. Patton and Christina A. Patton graciously donated the property to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church so that it could become part of the Elk Run Historic Church Park and held in perpetuity.  The acquisition of this 100 ft. by 100 ft. Cemetery property adds to the historical significance of the Elk Run Church Site.  A new Cemetery Interpretative Sign summarizing its discovery was also unveiled on 20 November.

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Mini-Museum Dedication

November 14, 2010

Opening remarks by Col. Ed Dandar, Chairman of the Elk Run Church Preservation Committee

Opening remarks by Col. Ed Dandar, Chairman of the Elk Run Church Preservation Committee. By Emma Keith Olson

Bishop Ted Gulick

Bishop Ted Gulick. By Emma Keith Olson

Bishop Ted Gulick and Rev. Pati Mary from St Stephen's Episcopal Church in Catlett, VA

Bishop Ted Gulick and Rev. Pati Mary from St Stephen's Episcopal Church in Catlett, VA. By Emma Keith Olson

Descendants of the Rev. James Keith

Descendants of the Rev. James Keith. From Emma Keith Olson

Descendants of the Rev. James Keith sharing their family tree

Descendants of the Rev. James Keith sharing their family tree. By Emma Keith Olson

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Col.Ed Dandar. By Mary M. Root

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Rev. Pati mary from St Stephen's Church in Catlett

Rev. Pati mary from St Stephen's Church in Catlett. By Mary M. Root

Bishop Ted Gulick

Bishop Ted Gulick. By Mary M. Root

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Sarah Gulick documenting the Dedication Service.

Thank you to Emma Keith Olson and Mary M. Root for providing us with photos!

If you have photos from the event, please send them to sarah@studioup.com

Elk Run Church Mini-Museum Receives Final Occupancy Permit

September 15, 2010

A unique ten year historical preservation effort reached a major milestone on 31 August when the Mini-Museum received its final Occupancy Permit. The Preservation Committee archaeologically located, defined and preserved the foundation of a 1750s Anglican Church in Elk Run, Fauquier County, Virginia.

The all-volunteer archaeological effort was conducted from November 1999 until October 2006. Conversion of the archaeological site to a Historical Church Park started in November 2006. The construction of a Mini-Museum over a re-excavated segment of the old Church foundation was completed in August 2010.

The Preservation Committee needs the Community’s support in acquiring the necessary funds to prepare history items for the Museum Walls which would include the history of the area, its first inhabitants, the Church, its first Minister, and the seven year archaeological and Park preservation effort. Citizens, organizations and businesses are asked to contribute in achieving this important Historic Church Park goal.

The Committee needs approximately $1,200 for each of the Interpretative Signs, another $1,200 to complete the final wall items and $2,400 to update the video documentary. If you are inclined to help, organizations and/or individuals can send checks payable to the “Elk Run Church Site Preservation Fund” and sent in care of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 8538 Greenwich Road, Catlett, Virginia 20119. All donations are tax deductible and we can cite the organization or individual on a plaque who contributed to a particular history display item.

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Elk Run Church Museum Finishes Outside Tasks and Begins Interior Painting

July 24, 2010

VDOT approved the gravel parking lot in late May, and Karl Hertag installed the stained and water proofed wooden hand rails on the handicap ramps on 22 May. Becky Garber later that day completed puttying the nail holes in the trim and T-111 panels. By 14 July the interior walls were painted. Once this work was completed, we applied for a final inspection and occupancy permit.

The Germanna Foundation visited the Elk Run Church site and Mini-Museum on Friday, 16 July as part of their 2010 Annual Conference.

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Another Outside Task is Completed

April 2, 2010

The Museum parking lot area was finished with a heavy layer of 21A stone material by Matthew Gulick on 2 April.
A VDOT inspection will be scheduled in the near future. Staining and installing the finished wooden hand rails
on the handicap ramps will be our next outside objective. Painting the Museum interior walls will be scheduled soon.

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