Historic Christ Church & Museum to Welcome Visitors April 1
From the beginning of December through the end of March, Historic Christ Church & Museum (HCC&M) is closed for daily tours. According to Marilyn Hedges, Publicity Chair, however, that time is busy as the Foundation Board of Directors, the Volunteer Council, staff and various committees have been creating a full program of activities for the 2016 season. Research volunteers have met to discuss ongoing projects and identify ideas for new ones. The Marketing, Craft Beer Fest, and Development Committees have scheduled events, including the popular Beer Fest, which will be held this year on September 3. The public has already heard lectures on dressmaking, medicine, and wine in 18th-century colonial life and will learn about colonial Virginia food preparation, diners’ tastes and customs in April. Volunteers are delighted by the new items for HCC&M’s gift shop, where visitors can choose a reasonably-priced selection of articles for the home, for children, and for themselves.
March is always the month for continuing education for current and potential new volunteers. This year’s programs included lectures on the similarity between Anglican and colonial Virginia church design, new information about Historic Christ Church builder Robert Carter, and a description of “The Carters of Corotoman and Dynastic Ambition Among the Early Virginia Gentry.” Research Chair Dr. Kathy Galgano challenged volunteers to identify questions to Jeopardy answers on food, wine, medicine, and clothing. The Continuing Education program this year concluded with a Colonial Virginia Lunch Buffet, prepared by Board member Dr. Pam Ward and featuring Brunswick stew, ham biscuits, Mrs. Robert E. Lee’s cornbread and more.
All of this will culminate Friday, April 1, as volunteers and staff officially open the season at Historic Christ Church & Museum. Hours are Monday through Saturday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. until November 30. The visitor experience includes a short introductory film, a visit to the museum and a special tour of the church led by a knowledgeable docent.
HCC&M will charge a modest $5 admission fee for the museum and tour of the church. The fee will help support new programs and exhibits to offer a high-quality experience. HCC&M members, volunteers, children under 18 and active or retired military are always free.
Executive Director Clare Adams is excited to welcome in the 2016 season at Historic Christ Church & Museum. She is confident that visitors will enjoy one of the best museum experiences at one of the most historic sites in the Northern Neck.