Adult Programs & Events

289th Anniversary of Carter Emancipator Presentation

Thursday, February 9, 2017

6:00 - 7:00 pm Tour the Robert Carter III's 1791 Deed of Emancipation Exhibition

7:00 pm - Presentation Begins

Historic Christ Church & Museum presents “The Life and Times of Robert Carter III” on Thursday, February 9, at 7:00 pm. The event marks the 289th anniversary of the birth of Robert Carter III. In 1791 Carter presented to the Northumberland District Court a Deed of Emancipation that provided for the gradual manumission of over 500 enslaved persons, likely the largest individual emancipation in the United States before the Civil War.

Education Director & Curator Robert Teagle will trace Carter’s extraordinary life in a slideshow presentation that begins at 7:00 pm. From 6:00 to 7:00 pm. Historic Christ Church & Museum invites visitors to tour the exhibition Robert Carter III’s 1791 Deed of Emancipation. 

Location: Historic Christ Church & Museum, 420 Christ Church Road, Weems, VA 22576

Cost: Free

2017 HCC&M Sunday Lecture Series: February 26, 2017

Sunday, February 26, 2017

2:00 pm

Virginia Gardens: Past & Present

Brent Heath presents “Heirloom Bulbs for Restoration Gardens.”

Flower bulbs were among the first plants in commerce and are even mentioned several times in the Bible. Join local favorite and renowned daffodil expert Brent Heath to learn about the range of colors, seasons, heights, shapes and sizes in bulbs 50 to 500 years old used to restore everything from your colonial home to your grandmother’s garden. Brent will highlight his talk with slides from gardens like Monticello, Colonial Williamsburg, Mount Vernon and a wealth of other period gardens.

Book signing, wine, and cheese reception with author immediately follow the presentation.

All proceeds benefit preservation and education programs at Historic Christ Church & Museum.

Location: Historic Christ Church & Museum, 420 Christ Church Road, Weems, VA 22576

Cost: Tickets are $125.00 for the four-part series or $35.00 for each presentation. Contact the Foundation office at 804-438-2441 to purchase tickets by check or credit card. Click here to purchase tickets online.

Continuing Education for Volunteers

Tuesday, March 14 - Thursday, March 16, 2017 

8:30 am – 12:00 noon

Join the HCC&M volunteer team for our annual spring training sessions as we get ready for the 2017 visitor season. Enjoy engaging presentations on the history of Christ Church and colonial Virginia by leading scholars. Participate in hands-on workshops with your fellow volunteers. Play HCC&M Jeopardy! win a prize. Coffee and goodies served daily with lunch on March 16th to conclude the program. Anyone from the community interested in participating or learning more about volunteer opportunities at Historic Christ Church & Museum is encouraged to attend. 

Location: Historic Christ Church & Museum, 420 Christ Church Road, Weems, VA 22576

Contact: Please email the Foundation office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. 

2017 HCC&M Sunday Lecture Series: March 19, 2017

Sunday, March 19, 2017

2:00 pm

Virginia Gardens: Past & Present

Peter Hatch presents “Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden.” 

Thomas Jefferson wrote that "the greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add a useful plant to its culture." Explore the revolutionary garden and cuisine Thomas Jefferson created at his 1,000-foot-long, terraced vegetable garden with Peter J. Hatch, the celebrated author and professional gardener who served as Monticello’s Director of Gardens and Grounds for 35 years. Hatch calls Jefferson’s garden “an experimental laboratory, an Ellis Island of new and unusual vegetable novelties from around the globe.” Hatch will examine some of the 330 vegetable and 170 fruit varieties Jefferson cultivated and his role in supporting farmer’s markets and promoting vegetable cookery and their inspiration for today's farm-to-table movement.

Book signing, wine, and cheese reception with author immediately follow the presentation.

All proceeds benefit preservation and education programs at Historic Christ Church & Museum.

Location: Historic Christ Church & Museum, 420 Christ Church Road, Weems, VA 22576

Cost: Tickets are $125.00 for the four-part series or $35.00 for each presentation. Contact the Foundation office at 804-438-2441 to purchase tickets by check or credit card. Click here to purchase tickets online.

First Day of the Official Visitor Season

Saturday, April 1, 2017

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Please join us for guided tours of the 1735 Christ Church. Stroll through the museum and enjoy the exhibitions including Robert Carter III's 1791 Deed of Emancipation. Browse the museum gift shop and find unique gifts for someone special or just for you!

Location: Historic Christ Church & Museum, 420 Christ Church Road, Weems, VA 22576

Cost: $5 per person

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