"For years I have felt that a visit to Christ Church, Lancaster County had the powerful effect of cleansing my soul. It's nothing to do with God; rather, it is the refinement of which Man is ultimately capable. I've also felt that, like those rare works of art of exquisite proportion and purity of form, it has the capacity to restore my eyes back to true freshness. For me, it is akin to the effect of one of those wondrous works of nature in America's West."
At Historic Christ Church & Museum you will find one of the most important and best-preserved buildings of Virginia's colonial period. This National Historic Landmark is a must-see destination for fans of architecture and history. Located in Lancaster County, Virginia in the Chesapeake Bay’s Northern Neck, this area is among the nation's most scenic and historic destinations with bucolic landscapes, vibrant small towns, and maritime activities.
The 1735 church was built by Robert "King" Carter, Virginia's most powerful planter. A monumental and sophisticated brick building, it was no doubt an astonishing sight for eighteenth-century rural Virginians. Today, the historic site features tours of the church, as well as a museum, gift shop, and conference center. It serves as a venue for special events, research, community gatherings, school programs, and continuing education for all ages.
Established in 1958, the Foundation for Historic Christ Church is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and the governing body of Historic Christ Church & Museum. Its mission is to preserve and interpret this national treasure, to celebrate its community, and to share its heritage through education, history, and scholarship.
Your support of this important landmark of Virginia's historic legacy is vital. Please visit the church and museum and consider donations and gifts. There are a broad range of options to contribute to the preservation of this landmark and the museum’s exciting educational, cultural, and social programs. One of the best ways to support Historic Christ Church & Museum is by becoming a volunteer. And you can always support us by coming to the many fun events we organize throughout the year.