Hands-On History Day at Christ Church Set for July 1

June 2016

Historic Christ Church & Museum will hold its annual Hands-On History Day next Friday, July 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Children ages 6-12 are invited to explore the history of Christ Church and colonial Virginia through a variety of exciting hands-on activities.

Participants will learn about archaeology by examining original artifacts connected to the 1735 church and Corotoman, the mansion house Christ Church’s builder Robert Carter completed in 1725 and that burned in 1729. Participants will then try their own hand at archaeology by excavating “shoebox” archaeological sites filled with artifacts representative of the colonial period.

The program will also explore brickmaking and other technologies colonial craftsmen used to build Christ Church. After examining the church's walls, participants will use molds and clay to shape their own bricks, just like Robert Carter's brickmaker James Bryan did in the kilns he set up at Christ Church in 1724-1726.

Inside the museum, children will learn how to construct a brick wall like Christ Church’s. They will also layout a compass-arch with keystone and use mortise and tenon joints to connect the pieces of a model king-post roof truss.

Several other exciting activities round out "Hands-On History Day." In a tour of the church’s interior, participants will make grave rubbings from two 17th-century tombstones at Christ Church. They will also try on clothing, write with quill pens and play games children had in colonial Virginia. At the end of the day, Christ Church will sponsor a pizza party for all participants. Each child will also receive a souvenir pencil and bookmark from Christ Church.

"Hands-On History Day" is a free event offered through the Foundation for Historic Christ Church’s education programs. All participants must pre-register. Space is limited to the first 25 children to sign up. To register or for more information, contact Education Director and Curator Robert Teagle at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 804-438-6855 or visit christchurch1735.org