Thursday, October 18, 2007

Artifacts displayed at Bealeton Library

An exhibit on the Elk Run Anglican Church Site preservation project in southern Fauquier County is currently at the Bealeton Library.

The exhibit includes photos, a small case displaying some of the artifacts found at the site, and a 10-minute documentary, Finding Our Foundation: The Preservation of the Elk Run Anglican Church Site.

The church began as a wooden structure in the 1740s and was later rebuilt in brick. The church’s congregation declined after the Revolutionary War and the building was abandoned in the early 1800s. The site was overgrown until recently, and the church foundation and artifacts were hidden from view for about 200 years.

The documentary shows the site being excavated by volunteers, many of whom have ancestral ties to the area. Under the direction of archeologist Dr. John Eddins, himself a volunteer, teams have discovered many artifacts.