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Near Herndon in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Frying Pan Meeting House

 
 
Frying Pan Meeting House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, August 17, 2007
1. Frying Pan Meeting House Marker
Inscription.  The Frying Pan Meeting House, constructed by 1791 on land donated by the Carter family in 1783, was used for Baptist services until 1968. Named for nearby Frying Pan Branch, the church is a rare example of 18th-Century architecture in western Fairfax County. By 1840 the congregation consisted of 33 whites and 29 blacks; both black and white members are buried in the church cemetery. During the Civil War, Union and Confederate forces each used the meetinghouse several times as a picket post. The last surviving church trustee conveyed the property to the Fairfax County Park Authority in 1984.
 
Erected 1994 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number T-43.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1791.
 
Location. 38° 56.379′ N, 77° 24.79′ W. Marker is near Herndon, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is at the intersection of Centerville
Looking North on Centerville Road image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, August 17, 2007
2. Looking North on Centerville Road
The meeting house stands to the right (east side of the road). The black fenced section, on the right of the road, near the telephone pole, protects one of the original boundary stones for the meeting house grounds.
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Road (County Route 657) and Frying Pan Road, on the right when traveling north on Centerville Road. Located in Frying Pan Farm Park, of Fairfax County Parks System. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Herndon VA 20171, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Frying Pan Meeting House (a few steps from this marker); Civil War at Frying Pan Spring Meeting House (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Frying Pan Meeting House (within shouting distance of this marker); Pin Oak (within shouting distance of this marker); The 4-H Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Moffett Family Blacksmith Shop (approx. Ό mile away); Middleton Barn (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Smokehouse / Curing and Smoking Meat (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Herndon.
 
More about this marker. To visit this site, plan to stop at the main parking lot off West Ox Road (Route 608) and use one of the walking trails to get to the meeting house. There is limited pull off space next to the marker, and depending on the time of day, Centerville Road can be dangerous to cross.
 
Also see . . .  Frying Pan Meeting House. Fairfax County Park Website. (Submitted on August 27, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Frying Pan Meeting House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, August 17, 2007
3. Frying Pan Meeting House
Frying Pan Meeting House Cemetery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, August 17, 2007
4. Frying Pan Meeting House Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 27, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,363 times since then and 90 times this year. Last updated on June 9, 2016, by Stephen Nicoud of Herndon, Virginia. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 27, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Oct. 4, 2022