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 http://christchurch1735.ticketleap.com/ or call 804-438-6855. 

The Foundation for Historic Christ Church Awarded Three Grants for New Exhibit

April 2016

The Foundation for Historic Christ Church is pleased to announce the recent award of three grants to mount a new exhibit on Robert Carter III’s 1791 Deed of Emancipation. 2016 is the 225th anniversary of Robert Carter III’s 1791 deed. The largest single emancipation in this country before the Civil War, the deed provided for the gradual manumission of more than 500 African-American slaves living on Carter’s Virginia plantations. 

The purpose of the exhibit is to examine slavery at Carter’s plantations and the lives of those set free. Its goal is to reach an audience that includes people of African descent and tells this little-known, but monumental story.

A remarkable act at an important time in Virginia slavery, Carter’s deed and the lives of those set free has generated only modest interest from historians and even less from museums. Robert Carter III and the 1791 Deed of Emancipation will be the first public exhibition of this incredible story. Through historical images, documents, and artifacts, it looks at the 1791 deed from two perspectives: Carter’s journey from grandson of Virginia’s largest slave owner to an emancipator; and the slave communities at Nomini Hall and Carter’s fifteen other plantations and their legacies of emancipation.

The exhibit will highlight elements of the African-American experience in the Northern Neck and provide residents and visitors, especially those who are descended from and/or have ties to the enslaved community, with an opportunity to explore their family history.  A majority of the artifacts are from excavations at Nomini Hall, Carter’s home plantation, and have never been exhibited in a public museum. With this exhibit, Historic Christ Church & Museum will draw a more diverse group of visitors and explore new themes and stories that are relevant today.

Mounting this exhibit in the museum will be the first step in an ongoing project to highlight the story of Carter-related slavery in the Northern Neck and beyond. For 2017, Historic Christ Church & Museum and its research committee plan to install an interactive display that will feature oral histories of slave descendants.

The design contract for planning and fabricating the exhibit has been awarded to Riggs Ward, Richmond, Virginia. Riggs Ward did the 2009 exhibit design project for the museum at Historic Christ Church & Museum. The exhibition is planned for installation at the end of July 2016, in time for the 225th celebration of this historic event on August 20 at 1st Baptist Church, Heathsville, who will also be celebrating their 150th anniversary this year. Partners in the Manumission celebration include Mary Ball Washington Museum & Library and the Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Society.  

Historic Christ Church & Museum Announces Summer Crawl to Fredericksburg

April 2016

As part of its “Everyday Life in the 18th Century” 2016 educational theme, Historic Christ Church & Museum is sponsoring a bus trip to Fredericksburg on Wednesday, June 1. Open to the public and museum members. The tour will visit three sites at Historic Fredericksburg: 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. Interpreters will show 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 and first used as a home for Charles Washington, youngest brother of George Washington. It opened as a tavern in 1792 and includes a collection of 18-19th century American and English pewter. Taverns played a critical role in the social and political life of colonial Virginia, said Teagle.

Purchased in 1772 by George Washington for his mother, Lancaster County native Mary Ball Washington, 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 will depart Historic Christ Church & Museum at 8:00 a.m. and return at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $65 and includes bus, admissions, lunch at Brock’s Riverside Grill and treats on the bus. Seating is limited.

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

Acclaimed John Bryne Band to Play at Historic Christ Church & Museum May 21

April 2016

Using the superb acoustics of the landmark 1735 church, Historic Christ Church & Museum is presenting a spring concert Bringing Music to Life featuring a nationally and internationally known band. The May 21st event features the Philadelphia-based John Byrne Band, led by its eponymous Dublin native. With critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic, John’s music honors and expands upon Celtic/folk musical and lyrical traditions. Renowned for its splendid story-telling, top-notch musicianship and creative mix of songs, the six-member band is an acoustic banjo/accordion, fiddle/cello, guitars, drums and brass ensemble.

Funded in part by a Rappahannock Foundation for the Arts grant, this concert is part of a new musical series to enhance performing arts opportunities in our area. As Peggy Stalnaker, President of the Rappahannock Foundation for the Arts notes “Kudos to Historic Christ Church for developing a great cultural program.”  

Mark your calendars for this exciting evening of fun and music. The concert begins at 5:30 p.m. and concludes at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are now available onlineAdvance tickets are $20 per person before midnight May 13 and $25 at the door. Seating is limited to 200. For further information, please call the Foundation for Historic Christ Church at 804-438-6855. 

Two Rivers Duo Play at Historic Christ Church & Museum May 19

April 2016

Nothing adds spirit and elegance to an event like live classical music. Using the superb acoustics of the 1735 Historic Christ Church, The Foundation for Historic Christ Church is delighted to present the Two Rivers Duo at its 58th Annual Meeting May 19.

Violinist Susannah Livingston and cellist Sarah Glosson, Ph.D. are the Two Rivers Duo and have performed together since 1995. They have appeared at this region’s most prestigious venues including the Governor's Palace, The Mariners' Museum, Evelynton Plantation, and the Wren Chapel and Great Hall. They have performed extensively with respected professional ensembles like the Governor's Musick at Colonial Williamsburg, the Williamsburg Symphonia, and the Wren Masters.

The event will feature 1730s Baroque music accompanied by information on how instruments of the 1730s were different from instruments today. Do not miss this wonderful afternoon of music and fun.

The Foundation for Historic Christ Church Annual Meeting is open to all members and volunteers on Thursday, May 19 at 4 p.m. A catered reception by Windows on the Water follows the meeting. To reserve your seat, please contact the Foundation office at 804-438-6855 or buy your tickets online. Pre-reservations are required; $25 per person. 

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