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Near Weems in Lancaster County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Christ Church Lancaster
 
Christ Church Lancaster Tablet Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, September 5, 2009
1. Christ Church Lancaster Tablet
 
Inscription. Christ Church Lancaster, a singular example of colonial church architecture, was completed circa 1735. This is Robert “King” Carter’s legacy to the community. Its simplicity stands as a witness to the importance of the Christian faith to the early American colonists.
 
Erected 1999 by Virginia Society – National Society Colonial Dames Seventeenth Century, in October.
 
Location. 37° 40.838′ N, 76° 25.415′ W. Marker is near Weems, Virginia, in Lancaster County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Gaskin Road (County Route 709) and Christ Church Road (County Route 646). Click for map. It is flush with the ground beside the walkway to the main entrance to the church. Marker is in this post office area: Weems VA 22576, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Corotoman (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Christ Church (about 300 feet away); Irvington World War I Memorial (approx. 1.3 miles away); A. T. Wright High School (approx. 2.8 miles away); Albert Terry Wright (approx. 2.8 miles away); The War of 1812/Capture of the Dolphin (approx. 3 miles away); Kilmarnock (approx. 3.2 miles away); First American Woman Missionary to China (approx. 3.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Weems.
 
Ennolls A. Stephens Tablet Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, September 5, 2009
2. Ennolls A. Stephens Tablet
“This west wall donated by Ennolls A. Stephens, first President, Foundation for Historic Christ Church, Inc., 1958–1962. To honor the first officers who did so much to assist in getting the foundation underway. Richard T. Herndon, Chairman of the Executive Committee; Laura Virginia Francis, vice-president; C. A. Gridley Dawe, attorney and secretary; Mrs. C. A. Gridley Dawe, recording secretary; Mitchell J. Alga, treasurer.”
 

 
Also see . . .  David Miles’ Marker. The Christ Church website contains many pages on the history and architecture of Christ Church with many photographs. One of the photographs shows the stone set into the floor at the crossing of the east-west and north-south axis of the church. It reads “Here lyeth the body of Mr David Miles who died the 29 of Decembr 1674 and in ye 46 yeare of his age. Hodie mihi cras tibi” The latin translates to “Today for me, tomorrow for you.” (Submitted on November 8, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.) 
 
Christ Church, Registered National Historic Landmark Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, September 5, 2009
3. Christ Church, Registered National Historic Landmark
“Christ Church has been designated a Registered National Historic Landmark under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935. This site possesses exceptional value in commemorating and illustrating the history of the United States. U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, 1962.”
 
 
Founders, Patriots and Veterans Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., August 12, 2010
4. Founders, Patriots and Veterans Marker
Virginia Founders, Revolutionary War Patriots and War of 1812 Veterans memorialized in this church and cemetery.
Founders residing in America during the first 50 years after the founding of Jamestown
John Carter • David Miles
Revolutionary War Patriots
James Kelley • Charles Taylor
War of 1812 Soldiers
Armistead Kelley • John Kelley • Charles Kelley • James Kelley • David Kelley • William Kelley
Dedicated by the Virginia Society of The Order of Founders & Patriots of America, the Virginia Chapter, Daughters of the Founders & Patriots of America, the Richard Henry Lee Chapter Sons of the American Revolution, and the Society of the War of 1812 in Virginia.
March 27, 2010
 
 
Christ Church Tablets and Christ Church Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, September 5, 2009
5. Christ Church Tablets and Christ Church
The Colonial Dames tablet is first, on the left of the walkway next to the Ennolls A Stephens tablet. The Registered National Historic Landmark tablet is on the right.
 
 
Christ Church Lancaster Markers Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., August 12, 2010
6. Christ Church Lancaster Markers
In March 2010, the Founders, Patriots and Veterans Marker was added to the right of the National Historic Landmark plaque.
 
 
The Kelley Plot at Christ Church Lancaster Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., August 12, 2010
7. The Kelley Plot at Christ Church Lancaster
As mentioned on the Founders, Patriots, and Veterans Marker above, the Kelley's are buried in a prominent spot on the church grounds. There was once a wall with an iron gate erected around the Kelley Plot, but that has not yet been restored. The gate and its key are on display in the visitor's center.
 
 
Site of Robert Carter's Brick Kiln Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., August 12, 2010
8. Site of Robert Carter's Brick Kiln Marker
On the parking lot side of the visitor's center is this marker, identifying the discovery of the kiln used to make bricks for Christ Church. It reads:
Site of
Robert Carter's Brick Kiln
This site was discovered in the fall of 1979 during the excavation for the foundation of the new Volunteer Room, and was identified by archaeologists as the location where the bricks were fired for the building of Christ Church. The clay for the bricks was dug nearby.
Sunday rainey went to church a very thin congregation 5 holes of my kiln quite black by the coming out of the church the fires were very well up"
Robert Carter's Diary 28 February 1726
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on November 8, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 767 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 8, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   4. submitted on August 17, 2010, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   5. submitted on November 8, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   6, 7, 8. submitted on August 17, 2010, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
 
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