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April 23, 2020

Elk Run Church history program updates website

The website includes a video and other information detailing archeological work where the first Europeans settled in Fauquier.
The Southern Fauquier historical and archaeological program at the Elk Run Church site has updated and expanded its website.

“This resource provides residents and students a direct source to the history of this 1700s frontier area, a detailed report on the archaeological process that revealed the mid-1750s church site, a 10-minute documentary, and information about artifacts held by the Mini-Museum,” said Ed Dandar, chairman of Elk Run Church Site Preservation Committee.

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The site includes:

• Artifacts from the Manahoac Indian tribe that occupied the area before European settlers.

• Information on the relationship of the church with the nearby Germantown settlement.

• Highlights of the Anglican Church in colonial Virginia.

• Information about Fauquier native, Chief Justice John Marshall, born at Germantown in 1755.

• Artifacts recovered during the seven-year archaeological dig there.

The museum itself became even more accessible to visitors in July 2019 when Fauquier County Parks and Recreation Department leased the site from St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.

“We hope that Fauquier County residents, students and tourists will find the updated website a useful tool and that it will help foster an appreciation of local history,” Mr. Dandar said. “We welcome visits to the museum once the pandemic is over.”

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