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Celebration of History Preservation Effort

September 12, 2009

The highlight for the Elk Run Church Museum this year was its participation in kicking-off southern Fauquier’s “Tour in Time” Celebration. This event initiated a day-long celebration of the settlement of Fauquier County as part of the County’s 250th Anniversary.

It started with a 9:30 am Ribbon Cutting at the Museum and focused on what the Elk Run Church Site Preservation Committee, and the Community at- large, had accomplished thus far in preserving this historical landmark. A re-excavated segment of the 250-year old Church foundation was show-cased within the Museum itself.

The all-day Elk Run celebration included 1700’s Music, Colonial Life Demonstrations, Period Re-enactors, Fauquier Indian Artifacts, Germantown Exhibit, Living Historians, and history Authors.

Morning refreshments were provided by St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Women, and the local Elk Run Store sold lunch items and drinks. During the day school busses moved visitors from Elk Run to Mary Walters Elementary School where there was 1800’s and 1900’s Exhibits, also connected with Goldvein for their exhibits, and then back to Elk Run.

Guests included Supervisor C. Stribling and descendents of the first minister of the Elk Run Church, Reverend James Keith (1744-1752), and other notables. A financial gift was provided by Supervisor Stribling on behalf of the County Supervisors that will enable the Committee to install the much needed wall insulation and T-111 panels. Future donations will be used to complete the Museum history wall panels which have already been drafted.

The Elk Run Church Site volunteers need your financial support in order to achieve this important Historic Park goal. We appeal to you for help in establishing and preserving this remarkable treasure.

Your gift will help us reach our goal and secure the rightful place of Elk Run Church in the history of Colonial churches in Virginia. Checks may be made payable to “Elk Run Church Site Preservation Fund” and sent in care of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 8538 Greenwich Road, Catlett, VA 20119. Donations are tax deductible.

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Electric installed and more

September 6, 2009

We got a lot done again this past week. The electric was installed, passed initial inspection, and power turned on for our 12 Sept celebration.  Ed will pick up a temporary occupancy permit this coming Tuesday.

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Becky Garber, one of our long-time archaeological assistants, got the excavated foundation completed Sunday, including painting the top interior concrete rim of the foundation a brown color that will match the dirt in the lower excavated unit.

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The temporary wood rails on the handicap ramps were completed and Karl Hertag rounded and sanded the edges Saturday morning.

A White Primer has been applied to all of the outside trim and Porch area and gives the building a fresh completed look. A finish coat will need to be applied after the 12 Sept event.

Matthew Gulick removed the remainder of the debris but some more stone dust needs to be placed on our entrance path and handicap parking area.

A Handicap Parking Sign has been provided by Home Depot, Manassas and will need to be installed early this week after Handicap Parking area is completed.

Windows inside and outside still need to be cleaned, screens installed, and some touch up painting to be done inside before Wednesday.

Sarah Gulick is completing the cover for the 12 Sept Program and it will be filled with a lot of good information on Elk Run.

Donations are still greatly needed and my thanks to those who have been able to contribute and/or assist us with this effort thus far. Every little bit helps.

Our largest remaining expenditures continue to be the bricklayer’s final payment, including additional cost for installing the brick columns. The next and largest cost remaining is that of completing the preparation of the framing and display of our history items estimated at $3,000 to $3,500. The last item will be the purchase of an exterior Interpretative Sign frame ($410) for Archaeological work done there between1999-2006 and preparation of the material for the sign display (about $900).

Those of you who are able to attend this Saturday’s function please let Ed Dandar know. We look forward to seeing you!

        

Elk Run Church Museum Celebrates Its History Preservation Effort

August 31, 2009

The highlight for Elk Run Church Museum is on 12 September when it will kick-off southern Fauquier’s Tour in Time Celebration with a 9:30 am Ribbon Cutting on what we have accomplished to date in preserving this historical landmark.

The all-day Elk Run celebration will include 1700’s Music, Colonial Life Demonstrations, Period Re-enactors, Fauquier Indian Artifacts, Germantown Exhibit, Living Historians, and Authors. Morning refreshments will be provided by the ECW and the Elk Run Store will be selling lunch items and drinks.

School busses will move folks from Elk Run to Mary Walters Elem. School where there will be 1800’s and 1900’s Exhibits. Bus transportation will also connect with Goldvein for their exhibits and then back to Elk Run.

Guests include Senator R. Stuart, Supervisor C. Stribling, School Board members, the Keith Family and other notables.

Come out and support our Elk Run Church Museum colonial displays and enjoy all the other Tour in Time history exhibits. More information on “Tour N Time” events can be viewed at www.fauquierhistorylive.org

    

Museum work continues thanks to volunteers

August 29, 2009

28-aug-museum-photo-collageWe got a lot done this past week. The metal railing for the interior Excavation Unit came in this past Monday. Chris Wilson of Elk Run and Bryan Whitt of Sumerduck helped to install it on Tuesday and Wednesday evening. It really looks good.

We removed the protective covering material of the old church foundation within our 6ft x 6ft display area within the Museum. We will finish the remaining work on that in the week ahead.

We started installing temporary wood rails on the handicap ramps with the help of Norman Williams and hope to finish the wood rail work this coming week.

We finished placing river rock around the handicap ramps on Friday with the help of Matthew Gulick and Basil Coale and also removed the remaining soil.

The 4ft x 10ft pre-finished white T-111 panels were ordered this past week from Bylers based on a funding pledge by Fauquier County’s Supervisors. The panels are not expected to arrive until after 12 September.

Our largest remaining expenditures continue to be the bricklayer’s final payment, including additional cost for installing the brick columns. The next and largest cost remaining is that of completing the preparation of the framing and display of our history items estimated at $3,000 to $3,500. The last item will be the purchase of an exterior Interpretative Sign frame ($410) for Archaeological work done there between1999-2006 and preparation of the material for the sign display (about $900).

Donations are still greatly needed and my thanks to those who have been able to contribute and/or assist us with this effort thus far. Every little bit helps.

    

Progress made at Work Day

August 22, 2009

We had good support for our 15 August Elk Run work day.

elk-run-ramps-framing-done1We finished the rework of the framing for the privacy fence around the portable handicap toilet and are now awaiting the delivery of the fence boards from the saw mill. The door to the Museum was installed Friday night by an Elk Run resident and carpenter, Chris Wilson. He also volunteered to install the soffit board with vents.

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We placed about ¾ of the 3-5 inch River Rock around the base of the Museum and placed stone dust down at the end of the ramps.

Following that we moved the remaining #57 stone to the parking lot.

elk-run-museum-floor-sealed1The interior cement floor also was sealed.

Some debris was removed but we still have an old wheel barrow, old metal ladder, and some wood materials no longer needed to be hauled to the landfill. We need someone with a pickup truck to haul the remaining debris to the landfill.

A few donations came in this past week to cover work already completed. The ECW donated funds for installing a metal railing around the interior excavation unit. We are still short funding for the bricklayer, who has started the porch brick columns, insulation, T-111 paneling for the interior walls and framing of historical items.

I will be meeting with Kevin Sanford of KC Electric this Tuesday morning to scope out the electric work.

My focus this coming week will be on purchasing and installing a 3 foot high metal railing around our 6ft x 6ft Excavation Unit in the Museum.

A temporary wooden railing will have to be installed on the handicap ramps until sufficient funding is available. Anyone with experience in this area, please call me so I can purchase the required materials for our 22 August work day.

The lumber for the privacy fence for the portable toilet may also be ready for installation next Saturday.

During the week an experienced painter is needed to paint the fascia board white, and the windows need a good cleaning to include vacuuming the sawdust etc from around them. Let me know if anyone can help with this and I will get paint and equipment to you and a key to someone who can do the windows inside and out. I will furnish the ladders.

Thanks again to those who came out on 15 August. Any help parishioners can provide in getting donations will be greatly appreciated.

    

Museum and Park Impacted by Funding Shortfall

August 5, 2009

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Early Church Museum Nears Completion

June 14, 2009

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Elk Run project featured on Episcopal-Life.org

May 6, 2009

The Elk Run Project was featured in the Diocesan Digest section of www.episcopal-life.org. To view a PDF archived version of the article, click here.

    

Historic Church Seeks Support

April 24, 2009

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Great strides have been made at Elk Run!  Ten years ago, we embarked on an archaeological quest to discover, and then uncover, the foundation and remains of the 1750s Anglican Church at Elk Run – the first such church in Fauquier County.

Our efforts have been richly rewarded.  Now we enter a final phase of the project, the remaining construction and dedication of the Mini-Museum that will capture the history of the Church and surrounding area.

Site work began in 1999 under the direction of a professional archaeologist; that work culminated in exposing the heretofore unknown stone foundation, laid down in the 1750s in the form of a Greek cross.

The southern Fauquier County church site is significant because it was the first brick Anglican Church established in what was the County’s early to mid-1700’s frontier area.

The Elk Run settlement and Church served as a government administrative and jumping off point for further expansion of what is now Fauquier County.

The Elk Run Anglican Church served as the mother church for Hamilton Parish in Fauquier County, 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 Church fell into disuse sometime after 1803 as the younger population moved north and west to more profitable agricultural areas and other non-Anglican churches became established in the area.

The Elk Run Church is located about 15 miles southeast of Catlett, Virginia on State Route 806.

On completion of archaeological field work in October 2006, the foundation stones were covered with top soil to preserve them.

However, a small portion of the original foundation will be left open within the Mini-Museum for public viewing.  The Mini-Museum measures roughly 21ft x 21ft and will expose an eventual 6 ft x 6 ft portion of the old foundation.

The unique shape of the Mini-Museum will allow visitors to walk around the foundation unit and view pictures on its walls that will show the history of the surrounding area, the Church and its archaeological discovery captured in maps and photographs since 1999.

Numerous artifacts have come to light, including Indian arrowheads, handmade nails, ceramic fragments, early coins, brick and glass.  A burial ground was discovered adjacent to the Church.

The museum at this time is under roof, walls closed in, and windows installed.  The Elk Run Church Site volunteers are in critical need of additional funds to continue their work.

They need to install roof shingles, lay a small 2-foot-high portion of brick around the outside of the building, install electric and vinyl siding, finish an inside cement floor and cover the cost of design and framing of the history making information for the walls.

Citizens, organizations and businesses are asked to contribute in establishing, preserving and achieving this important Historic Church Park goal.

More information on efforts over the past ten years can be found at www.elkrunchurch.org.

    

Mini-Museum is Almost Done

April 21, 2009

The Mini-Museum at this time is under roof, walls closed in, and windows installed. The Elk Run Church Site volunteers need additional funds and contribution of services and materials to lay a small two-foot-high portion of brick, installation of vinyl siding, an inside cement floor and cost of framing some of the history making information for the walls.

Citizens, organizations, and businesses are asked to contribute in establishing, preserving and achieving this important Historic Church Park goal.

The ultimate goal is to have a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Saturday, September 12, 2009, as part of Fauquier County’s 250th Anniversary. Please put that date on your calendar.