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The Union Church Preservation Project

For nearly 200 years, the Falmouth, Virginia community has come together to worship, learn, and celebrate life here. Please join us today to repair and maintain the Union Church Historic Site.

Listed with Virginia Department of Historic Resources as a contributing structure in the Falmouth Historic District in 1966

Listed as one of Virginia’s “most endangered” sites
by Preservation Virginia in 2006

Designated as a Virginia State Landmark in 2008

Individually listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2008

The Narthex (or the façade) of the old Falmouth Union Church is all that remains of this important structure. After years of neglect, the church stands in a state of serious disrepair. The Trustees of the Union Church Historic Site are committed to preserving the structure and interpreting its history.

Although in disuse, Union Church continues to serve as a focal point, giving cultural identity to the historic town of Falmouth. It is a visual statement of the Town’s past and a reminder of the much-needed role of preservation in the community. The Church deserves salvation as a fine example of Federal architecture in a religious structure and as a survivor of war, storms, and salvage assaults.

Help us preserve the Union Church Site as a Historic Falmouth, Virginia District landmark for future generations to appreciate!

Become A Member of the Union Church Preservation Project!

 


Upcoming Events

More upcoming events can be found on our Upcoming Events page

Dedication of Whiskey Barrels to Truman Cox

Sunday February 9, 2014 at 1 PM - The Union Church Preservation Project will formally dedicate the whiskey barrels that were donated to the UCPP. The late Truman Cox, who was the Master Distiller at A. Smith Bowman Distillery in Spotsylvania County was instrumental for the whiskey barrel donation.

Sadly, he passed away on February 9, 2013 - the same day that we picked up the barrels from A. Smith Bowman Distillery. The UCPP will place a plaque on one of the barrels on Sunday February 9, 2014, the one year anniversary of Truman's death to honor his dedication to the UCPP. Please join us for the dedication.

 


Recent Events

Union Church on the Radio

With Good Reason - Dreams of the Civil War

November 2, 2013 - The Union Church is featured on a radio program called With Good Reason which is a public radio program that airs on a number of NPR (National Public Radio) stations throughout the country.

UCPP head trustee and president Logan Metesh and UMW (University of Mary Washington) assistant professor of historical preservation Michael Spencer are interviewed to discuss his class’s efforts to help preserve the Union Church.

Click Here to listen to the segment. (Right Click to save to your hard drive)

 


Planting of Whiskey Barrels

August 24, 2013 - The UCPP installed whiskey barrel planters in front of the Union Church Historic Site.

The whiskey barrels were donated to the UCPP by A. Smith Bowman Distillery. They will be installed in honor of Truman Cox, the Master Distiller that donated the barrels to us, and sadly passed away in February 2013.

 


Hogtown BBQ

May 18, 2013 - The Union Church Historic Site Preservation Project held its 1st annual HOGTOWN BBQ Festival at the former Grizzle Community Center on Butler Road, just down the street from the Union Church Historic site.

Over 600 people attended. We raised over $2000 to help restore the Union Church Historic Site.

We thank our sponsors, vendors, volunteers and most especially Stafford County Tourism for helping us out so much with the logistics of holding the Hogtown BBQ!

We will have pictures on here and the Hogtown BBQ website shortly.

One of our vendors - Cross Branded Country Church

 


Union Church On The Radio

May 1, 2013 - UCPP President Logan and Head Trustee Lenetta were interviewed on NewsTalk WFVA 1230 AM during the Town Talk hosted by Ted Schubel. Logan and Lenetta discussed the history of the Union Church and the upcoming Hogtown BBQ.

Listen to the show below:

Segment 1

Segment 2

Segment 3

Segment 4

 


From Falmouth to 'Freedom'
 

Article in the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star about pew donation to the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC)

Photo Sources: Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star

April 9, 2013 - Logan Metesh (President of Union Church Preservation Project) talks to Clint Schemmer at the Free Lance-Star about the donation of one of the church pews to the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). Read about it in the Free Lance-Star.

 


Falmouth Union Church Pew Added to Smithsonian
 

The Union Church Preservation Project Donates Pew to the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC)

Photo Source: Logan Metesh

March 27, 2013 - The Smithsonian Institution has decided to include a pew from Falmouth Union Church Historic Site in a 2015 inaugural exhibition at its new museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC).

The NMAAHC Collections Committee met to discuss the pew and its importance to the new museum's story and determined that it was worth making the pew a part of their permanent collection. The pew, which dates from 1868, is slated to be included in the Slavery and Freedom exhibition in the new museum.

To read more, please check out the articles at the Fredericksburg Patch and the Stafford County Sun websites.

 


 

Anthony Burns and the Falmouth Union Church
 

Blog Post at the Smithsonian National Museum

of African-American History and Culture

February 1, 2013 - Logan Metesh (President and Trustee of the Union Church Preservation Project) has authored a blog post about Anthony Burns and his connection to the Falmouth Union Church at Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture's blog. Logan is a Museum Technician at the NMAAHC.
 

Photo Source: Library of Congress

Congrats Logan!

 


Painting of the Union Church

January 2013 - The Union Church has a new coat of paint, thanks to some great local painters! Click Here to see more pictures.

 


Wedding at Union Church

January 18, 2013 - The Union Church was a backdrop for a wedding. Congrats to the wonderful couple. Click Here to see more pictures.

 


Union Church Bell at Stafford Admin Building

December 14, 2012 - The Union Church bell was moved to the Stafford County administration building to be on display while the Union Church Historic Site undergoes repairs.

 


Yankees at Falmouth

September 22-23, 2012 - The Union Church Preservation Project had an informational table at the 5th annual Yankees at Falmouth at the nearby Moncure Conway House.

 

UCPP trustee Logan gave tours at the Union Church. Watch the following video to learn more.

 


 


Opening of the Belmont-Ferry Farm Trail

June 23, 2012 - Stafford County celebrated the opening of the Belmont-Ferry Farm Trail. We held a mini Open House and rang the church's bell for the opening ribbon cutting ceremony! It was the first time since 1935 that the bell has been rung for a community event!

Click Here To See More Pictures

 


Union Church Historic Site
Open House & Bake Sale

June 2, 2012 - On Saturday June 2, 2012, the Union Church Preservation Project held our first Open House of the Union Church Historic Site.

We wanted to thank the Falmouth community for the support of the Union Church Historic Site, as well as thank the Stafford County Board of Supervisors for the gracious donation for the roof repairs that were completed in March 2012.

We also had a bake sale thanks to the ladies at the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Overwharton Parish and raised over $425! Thank you all so very much for your support.

Important attendees from the Stafford County government included Stafford County Administrator Anthony Romanello and Stafford County Supervisors Susan Stimpson (Falmouth District) and Bob Thomas (George Washington District)

Click Here to See More Pictures

 


Roof Repairs Have Finished

Roof repairs have finished on the Union Church Historic Site!

March 2012 - GREAT NEWS! Repairs were completed in mid March 2012 on the Union Church's roof. We will no longer have gaping holes that let rain, snow, and animals inside!

A big THANK YOU goes out to Stafford County for providing the grant money to complete this project!

Another big THANK YOU for the Fredericksburg Free Lance Star for the following article from March 2, 2012. (Print edition only). 

Click on the picture above to see a larger picture.

These roof repairs are only the tip fo the iceberg of what is needed to save the Union Church Historic Site. We are in a major funding campaign for foundation repairs and a longterm, historically accurate roof replacement.

 

More recent past events can be found on our Recent Events page.

 


Fundraising

Union Church Merchandise Is Now Available

Union Church Preservation Project merchandise is now available from CafePress. Help support the Union Church Preservation Project by purchasing T-shirts, Tote Bags, Christmas Ornaments, Drinkware and UCPP magnets!

 

Visit the Union Church Merchandise page for more details.


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It is the mission of the Trustees of the Union Church to return the church to its former status as the iconic symbol and centerpiece of the Falmouth Virginia community.

The Trustees of the Union Church Historic Site (TUCHS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

 

   


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