Ice Cream Social this Saturday at Historic Christ Church & Museum

August 2016

Historic Christ Church & Museum will host an Ice Cream Social this Saturday, August 6, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Children and their families are invited to explore colonial history, games, and crafts outside the churchyard while enjoying ice cream treats and lemonade. Activities include writing with quill pens, making whirligigs and ball and cup toys, bowling with nine pins, dressing in colonial clothing and excavating “shoebox” archaeological sites. Tours of the 1735 church will be available, and the museum includes several hands-on areas for children. Historic Christ Church & Museum also just opened a new exhibition, Robert Carter III’s 1791 Deed of Emancipation. For more information, please visit or call 438-6855.


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

Northern Neck History Fair Awards Presented

June 2016

An awards ceremony held last Wednesday at Historic Christ Church & Museum honored participants in the 2016 Northern Neck History Fair. Students from Chesapeake Academy, Lancaster Middle, and Northumberland Elementary schools submitted projects on an event, person, or cultural development related to Virginia from 1607-1789. The fair is designed to promote research on life in colonial and revolutionary Virginia by the area’s elementary students, who study the period as part of their Virginia studies curriculum, reported HCC&M Education Director & Curator Robert Teagle.

The fair is sponsored annually by the Foundation for Historic Christ Church along with the Bank of Lancaster and Bay Trust Company, Chesapeake Bank, Connemara Corporation, and Anna’s Pizza of Kilmarnock. Each student received a certificate for participation and a gift certificate for two slices of pizza and a drink courtesy of Anna’s Pizza.

Edd Young from Bay Trust was on hand to present awards. Rachel Rice’s detailed display “Talking Bones: Telling Stories of Jamestown” earned first prize and $100 courtesy of the Bank of Lancaster and Bay Trust. Celden Hornsmith’s creative exhibit on “Powhatan Indian Houses” earned second place and $75 courtesy of Chesapeake Bank. Wynne Smith’s informative display “Captain John Smith and the Oyster” took third place and a $50 prize from Chesapeake Bank. Honorable mentions and $25 courtesy of Connemara Corporation went to Robert Cunningham for his detailed “Virginia Colonial Farm 1775” and Lorry Manetz for his thought-provoking “Jamestown’s Defensive Strategies-My Ideas About Improving Jamestown.”

Jocelyn Hasson won the essay category with a well-written account of Pocahontas’ life. Hannah Ditch won a random drawing sponsored by Historic Christ Church & Museum from all participants for two tickets to Busch Gardens and Water Country. Leona Li won a random drawing also sponsored by HCC&M for a gift certificate to Stevie’s Ice Cream.

Historic Christ Church & Museum hosted an exhibition of the fair for four weeks in April.

In addition to those students mentioned above, other participants included McKenna Dooley, Tayloe Emery, Lydia Engleman, Gavin Jett, Grace Jett, Jayla Giles, Joey Porter, Marissa Robinson and Zyaera Smith.


Historic Christ Church & Museum Announces Summer Programs

June 2016

Historic Christ Church & Museum is pleased to announce its schedule of summer children’s programs. The annual “Hands-On History Day” will take place on Friday, July 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Children learn about the history of colonial Virginia through hands-on lessons with archaeology, 18th-century brickmaking, grave rubbings, architecture, and other exciting activities. This event is free and open to children ages 6-12; however, all participants must pre-register, and space is limited to the first 25 persons to register. Lunch will be provided for all registered participants. 

On Saturday, August 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Historic Christ Church & Museum will present its annual Ice Cream Social. It’s fun for the whole family with colonial games, crafts, history and of course tasty ice cream treats. Children can play games like the hoop and stick, the ball and cup, graces and nine pins. They can learn how to make their own ball and cup or whirligig toys and bead necklaces and bracelets. In the museum, children can pick up a free Museum Activity Book and go on an artifact hunt or become an “undertaker” (colonial builder) by constructing a brick wall or arch with a keystone. Kids can also try on colonial clothing or excavate a mock archaeological site, and they can learn to write with a quill pen and sign their own copy of the Declaration of Independence. The 1735 church, a National Historic Landmark, will be open for tours as well.  

Please visit or contact Robert Teagle, Education Director & Curator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 804-438-6855 to register or for more information. 

Tickets Still Available for the June 1st Crawl to Historic Fredericksburg

May 2016

Historic Christ Church & Museum (HCC&M) is planning a bus trip to Fredericksburg on Wednesday, June 1. Open to the public, volunteers, and museum members, the tour will visit the Hugh Mercer Apothecary, Rising Sun Tavern and the Mary Washington House, said HCC&M Education Director & Curator Robert Teagle.  

The Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop is an 18th-century building restored to interpret colonial medicine and the life of Dr. Hugh Mercer, who practiced in Fredericksburg in the 1760-70s. Attendees will learn how Mercer used leeches, snakeroots, lancets, crab claws and other remedies to treat colonial Virginians, including Mary Washington. 

Rising Sun Tavern was constructed ca. 1760 as a home for Charles Washington, youngest brother of George Washington; it opened as a tavern in 1792. Participants will learn about the critical role taverns played in the social and political life of colonial Virginia.

Purchased in 1772 by George Washington for his mother, the Mary Ball Washington House is a white frame house that includes a complex floor plan with refined interior woodwork; the site also features an 18th-century kitchen. Mary Ball Washington lived here the last seventeen years of her life.

This event is open the public and HCC&M members. The trip is by chartered bus and departs Historic Christ Church & Museum at 8:00 a.m., returning at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $65 and includes bus, admissions, lunch at the popular Brock’s Riverside Grill and treats on the bus. Seating is limited.

To purchase tickets or for more information, please visit or call 804-438-6855. 

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