Location: Virginia         Length: 11 min


Colonial Virginians and the Church of England established Elk Run Church in the 1740s. After the Revolutionary War, it became part of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. In the following decades the church was abandoned and disappeared, but remained in the memory of local families. The church’s first rector, James Keith, was the grandfather of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall. This video documents the archaeological investigation of the church, beginning with the first survey in 1999, and its development as a historical park.


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Produced in 2007 by Col. Edward F. Dandar, Jr., and the Elk Run Anglican Church Site Preservation Committee


Designed and directed by Sarah Gulick and Barry Erdeljon, Studio Up!


Copyright 2007 by the Elk Run Anglican Church Site Preservation Committee and Studio Up!


Elk Run Project Archaeologist, Dr. John Eddins


To order a DVD copy, please send a check for $20 (USD) to Elk Run Site Preservation Fund Video, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 8538 Greenwich Road, Catlett, VA 20119. Please include your name and address.



Web links:


Elk Run Anglican Church Site Preservation Project

Episcopal Church in the United States of America (Wikipedia)

Society for Historical Archaeology

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