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The Union Church Preservation Project

Past Events

A list of past events involving the Union Church Historic Site:

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.

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 on the picture below to see more pictures of this event



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


Union Church Historic Site
Late Spring Cleanup Day


May 19, 2012 - Following the roof repairs, we held a second Spring Cleanup Day to prepare for the Open House in June.


2nd Annual Capital Ale House Fundraiser

April 21, 2012 - We held our 2nd Annual Capital Ale House funcraiser at the Fredericksburg Capital Ale House in downtown Fredericksburg.

Click Here To See More Pictures


Union Church Historic Site
Early Spring Cleanup Day

March 24, 2012 - We braved the rain and held our Spring Cleanup Day.


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.

Falmouth's Union Church:
Making a Comeback from Endangered

Guest Blog Post at Preservation Virginia

March 2, 2012 - Logan Metesh (Co-Chair of Fundraising and the Social Media Coordinator for the Union Church Preservation Project) has authored a guest blog post at Preservation Viginia's blog.

In 2006, Preservation Virginia had listed the Union Church Historic Site as one of Virginia’s “most endangered” sites. Logan provides an update of the efforts of the Union Church Preservation project to help preserve the remains of the Union Church.

Congrats Logan!

Union Church: Past, Present and Future

January 2012 - Union Church Historic Site chairwoman trustee Lenetta Schools and local historian and author Jerrilynn Eby spoke about the Union Church spoke on the history of Falmouth's Union Church at the Stafford Administration Center (Stafford Courthouse) on Thursday January 19, 2012.


Union Church Bell Removed From Belfry

December 2011 - The Union Church bell that has sat in the belfry since 1868 has been safely removed! Thanks to the dedicated group of people that made this possible.

Click on the picture above to see many more pictures on this historic event, or visit the Photo Gallery for more photos on Union Church Historic Site events.


John Washington Marker Unveiling

September 2011 - A marker commemorating John Washington was dedicated at the Union Church as part of the Yankees in Falmouth activities. Washington, a freed slave, witnessed the military burial service for seven Federal soldiers killed early on the morning of April 18, 1862, as Union forces first advanced on Falmouth.

Pictured here are members of the 14th Brooklyn Company E.

More photos are in our Photo Gallery.


Vandalism Alert!

June 2011 - At the June 2011 cleanup we noticed that a large number of bricks have been removed from the rear left corner of the building. If you notice anybody attempting to steal bricks from the Union Church Historic Site, please call the Stafford County Sheriff's Office and report it. Call 911 for emergencies or (540) 658-4450 for non- emergencies. THANK YOU!





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