Near Burke in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Lee Chapel Church
1871 - 1951
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.
July 4, 2005
1. Lee Chapel Church Marker
It is a single-sided marker.
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), on the right when traveling north on Fairfax County Parkway. Near South Run Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7415 Lee Chapel Rd, Burke VA 22015, United States of America. Touch for directions.
July 4, 2005
2. Close Up of the Photograph Embedded in the Marker
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Keene’s Mill (approx. 2 miles away); Sydenstricker Schoolhouse (approx. 2 miles away); Wood Shed (approx. 2.2 miles away); Silas Burke House (approx. 2.2 miles away); Windmill (approx. 2.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Silas Burke House (approx. 2.2 miles away); Ice House (approx. 2.2 miles away); Post Office (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map 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 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.)
July 4, 2005
3. Lee Chapel Marker as Seen From the Highway
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Churches & Religion •
July 4, 2005
4. View of the Churchyard
The intersection of Fairfax County Parkway and Lee Chapel Road can be seen in the distance.
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.
More. Search the internet for Lee Chapel Church.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 27, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 4, 2005, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 4,230 times since then and 93 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on December 10, 2005. 2. submitted on February 10, 2006. 3, 4. submitted on December 10, 2005. 5. submitted on May 14, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.