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Flat Iron in Westmoreland County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Popes Creek Episcopal Church
 
Popes Creek Episcopal Church Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, August 30, 2009
1. Popes Creek Episcopal Church Marker
 
Inscription. On this site, a part of “Longwood,” stood Popes Creek Episcopal Church, built about 1744 on land given by the McCarty family. The Lees and the Washingtons worshipped here. About 1826 it fell into disuse and was burned as being unsafe.
 
Erected 1959 by Virginia State Library. (Marker Number J-69-a.)
 
Location. 38° 9.144′ N, 76° 55.367′ W. Marker is in Flat Iron, Virginia, in Westmoreland County. Marker is at the intersection of Kings Highway (Virginia Route 3) and Longwood Road (County Route 624), on the right when traveling east on Kings Highway. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Montross VA 22520, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. George Washington’s Birthplace (approx. 2 miles away); The Historic Area (approx. 2.2 miles away); Popes Creek Plantation (approx. 2.2 miles away); a different marker also named George Washington’s Birthplace (approx. 2.3 miles away); Archeology at Popes Creek (approx. 2.3 miles away); The Memorial Area (approx. 2.3 miles away); Dairy (approx. 2.3 miles away); Artery of Commerce (approx. 2.4 miles away).
 
Popes Creek Episcopal Church Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, August 30, 2009
2. Popes Creek Episcopal Church Marker
 

 
Also see . . .  History of Pope’s Creek (Virginia). Wikipedia entry. Discusses the Popes and their neighbors to the west, the Washingtons. “After moving from Maryland, Nathaniel Pope, in 1651, patented 1,050 acres in Old Northumberland between two large creeks; one would bear his name. At Mattox Creek he built dwellings, warehouses, and docks for the merchant trade with England including the port of Bristol. He shipped beaver, tobacco with caske, and raw materials; and he imported English manufactured goods. He settled the argument between John Washington and shipping partner Edward Prescott by paying off the senior officer in Beaver skins at eight shillings per pound. In 1655 he was made Lieutenant-Colonel in the militia.” (Submitted on September 3, 2009.) 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on September 3, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,139 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 3, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
 
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