We are pleased to share with you major news on our work to preserve and protect our historic church. Thank you Richard Weaver for shepherding this important work for our beautiful church.
August 26, 2019
On behalf of the Virginia Board of Historic Resources, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, and Easement Program staff, I wish to thank you for donating a historic preservation and open-space easement over the 0.9440 acre Christ Episcopal Church, Lucketts property in Loudoun County, Virginia on August 5, 2019. The easement was recorded as Instrument Number 201908200048542 in the Loudoun County Circuit Court Clerk’s office on August 20, 2019.
The property is distinguished by a circa 1870 frame building known as Christ Episcopal Church, Lucketts (Church), a circa 1890 frame dwelling known as the Parsonage, and a circa 1890 spring house. Significant for its Carpenter Gothic architectural style, the Church retains a picturesque board and batten design with bracketed eaves, louvered shutters, and stained glass windows. Together with the Parsonage and spring house, these resources convey their historic significance as components of a mid to late 19th-century rural village church. The buildings were designated contributed resources to the Catoctin Rural Historic District, which was listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register in 1998.
In addition to its historic importance, the property incorporates open-space values. The easement protects approximately 0.9440 acres of land in a rural environment. The conserved property is within the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area and fronts James Monroe Highway (U.S. Route 15), which roadway has been designated a Virginia Scenic Parkway and a National Scenic Byway. Preservation of the property will protect the viewshed from this public right-of-way as well as augment this agency’s efforts to preserve historic properties in Loudoun County, including roughly 2,500 acres of land already subject to perpetual easements held by the Virginia Board of Historic Resources.
I wish to express my appreciation for this important gift to the future of Virginia. It is encouraging to know that the conservation of Christ Episcopal Church, Lucketts (File No. 053-0292) will preserve this historically significant property. The Commonwealth takes great pride in its many citizens who have elected to preserve important historic and open-space resources through the easement program. The generosity of Virginia property owners will enable a rich and irreplaceable legacy to be passed intact to future generations.
Again, please accept my personal thanks. I hope your congregation’s tangible act of stewardship will encourage other owners of historic properties in the area to follow their example.
Yours very truly,
Julie V. Langan
Director, Department of Historic Resources, Commonwealth of Virginia