“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Burke in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Lee Chapel Church

1871 - 1951

Lee Chapel Church Marker image. Click for full size.
July 4, 2005
1. Lee Chapel Church Marker
It is a single-sided marker.
Inscription. On this site stood Lee Chapel, a Methodist Episcopal Church, built 1871 and named in honor of General Robert E. Lee. Lee Chapel replaced Mount Carmel Church which had been located at Ox Road and present day Lee Chapel Road and had been destroyed by fire. Many Sundays were spent here in worship and fellowship by some of the oldest and most respected families of Fairfax County. Around 1928, combined circumstances, including impassable roads, made it necessary to close the church; however Lee Chapel became an active church again in 1939 following an increase of new families into the area and the desire of the former members to reopen the church. Twelve years later, due to the ill-fated proposal to build the Burke National Airport (later Dulles) in the area, the church was closed for the final time in October, 1951. Plagued by Vandalism after closing, the church building was finally destroyed by controlled burning. Lee Chapel Cemetery is under the care of Sydenstricker United Methodist Church which holds its annual Easter Sunrise Service on this site.
Location. 38° 45.309′ N, 77° 16.584′ W. Marker is near Burke, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is at the intersection of Fairfax County Parkway (Virginia Route 286) and Lee Chapel Road (County Route 643),
Close Up of the Photograph Embedded in the Marker image. Click for full size.
July 4, 2005
2. Close Up of the Photograph Embedded in the Marker
on the right when traveling north on Fairfax County Parkway. Click for map. Near South Run Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7415 Lee Chapel Rd., Burke VA 22015, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Keene’s Mill (approx. 2 miles away); Silas Burke House (approx. 2.2 miles away); Copperthite Racetrack (approx. 2.5 miles away); Burke's Station (approx. 2.6 miles away); a different marker also named Burke's Station (approx. 2.7 miles away); Burke Station (approx. 2.7 miles away); The Huldah Coffer House (approx. 2.7 miles away); Lorton Nike Missile Site (approx. 3.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Burke.
More about this marker. A photograph of the church is embedded in the marker. You can see it in the photograph of the marker shown on this page.
Regarding Lee Chapel Church. Church was at the intersection of Lee Chapel Road and Pohick Road. Pohick Road was replaced by the Fairfax County Parkway. It appears from the cement church steps (the only remaining part of the church) that the church faced Pohick Rd. The marker is in front of the steps, facing the road, just inside the fence. Entrance is on Yardarm Lane off Lee Chapel Road.
Also see . . .
Lee Chapel Marker as Seen From the Highway image. Click for full size.
July 4, 2005
3. Lee Chapel Marker as Seen From the Highway

1. Lee Chapel May No Longer Stand, But the Road and the Memories Remain. 2008 article by Eleanor Gomolinski-Lally in the South County Chronicle. “Beginning in 1920, hard times fell on Lee Chapel. Attendance was on the decline, partly due to bad roads and the fact that some of the most dedicated members had moved. The building was once again in need of repairs, but no funds were available. In 1924, Lee Chapel was closed. Some items used in worship services were distributed among members for safekeeping, but the two wooden collection plates were left with two coins—symbolic of the ‘widow’s mite’—in them. The church was rarely used for several years, but a key was left on the ledge above the vestibule door so that visitors to the cemetery could enter. There was no evidence of vandalism, and the coins remained untouched in the collection plates.” (Submitted on July 3, 2008.) 

2. Cemeteries of Fairfax County, Virginia. (Submitted on December 21, 2005.)
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches, Etc.
View of the Churchyard image. Click for full size.
July 4, 2005
4. View of the Churchyard
The intersection of Fairfax County Parkway and Lee Chapel Road can be seen in the distance.
Lee Chapel Church cement steps image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., May 6, 2008
5. Lee Chapel Church cement steps
The cement church steps are all that remain of the church structure today. The marker can be seen to the right.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,606 times since then and 272 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on .   2. submitted on .   3, 4. submitted on .   5. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page was last revised on August 27, 2016.
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