Step into one of America's great buildings with a visit to Historic Christ Church. Explore the world of colonial Virginia and celebrate the Northern Neck’s vibrant community life with guest speakers, living history presentations, hands-on history programs, concerts, festivals, bus trips and other special events.
Historic Christ Church & Museum will add memorable moments for your guests and bring the past to life for adults and kids alike. Our interactive museum features hands-on exhibitions for children and special displays on the history of Christ Church, the church architecture and the builders of Christ Church, the Church of England, Christ Church Parish, the Carter family, the rise of religious liberty, Robert Carter III's 1791 Deed of Gift, timelines of Virginia history and more.
The theme for HCC&M’s 2021 Sunday Speaker Series is A Variety of Religious Experiences: Natives, Africans and Europeans in Early Virginia. The series features four acclaimed Virginia historians who explore Virginia's rich religious diversity that included Powhatan Indians, Africans, and Presbyterian, Baptist and other dissenters who ultimately challenged the authority of the Church of England and brought religious liberty to Virginia. (View Sunday Speaker Series presenter Ed Bond's "The Church of England in Early Virginia: The Essentials" on our YouTube page)
Join us July 3 at 10:00 a.m. for a patriotic celebration, music and a public reading of the Declaration of Independence inside Historic Christ Church.
On September 19, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. Patrick Henry (Richard Schuman) and Thomas Jefferson (Bill Barker) return for "The Question of Religious Freedom," a stirring debate over religious liberty and the role of government and taxation to support religion. Enjoy a light supper and libations in the courtyard with the two famous statesmen following their dramatic performance inside Christ Church.
Our “Bringing Music to Life” Concert Series returns on October 2, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. as opera singer, concert artist and Lancaster County native Willsonia Boyer, accompanied by Suzanne Daniel, presents "An Afternoon of Art Songs and Arias." You don’t want to miss this opportunity to hear classical music inside the superb acoustical setting of Historic Christ Church. Special thanks to the River Counties Community Foundation and the J. Edwin Treakle Foundation for supporting this concert.
An integral part of the community, Historic Christ Church & Museum offers regular family-friendly events including the Scottish celebration Kirking of the Tartan (returns 2022), a stirring Memorial Day service (returns 2022), and the winter holiday carol sing "The Holly & The Ivy" (December 6, 2021).
Kids love our three-day Hands-On History Camp (returns 2022) where they can make bricks, dig for artifacts, make colonial candles and silhouette portraits, write with quill pens, make a grave rubbing, play colonial games and more!. August brings our annual Ice Cream Social, where kids and their families enjoy hands-on history activities and some tasty ice cream treats.
With education as the cornerstone of our mission, school programs are available to students at all levels, from K–12 to collegiate. There is truly something for everyone at Historic Christ Church & Museum.