Mount Carmel UMC Foundation Repair
Organized by: Holly Furtner
Mount Carmel is a small Methodist Church in Clarke County, VA that was built around 250 years ago and is in need of major foundation repairs in order to continue to serve the Community and it's Members. The original stone foundation on the North and East sides of the Church are crumbling or gone in places and the Church is sinking on the North side. New footers need to be poured and a new foundation built for the North and East sides of the Church along with a few rotting beams that will also need to be replaced to ensure the continued presence of this Historical Church. Mt. Carmel's history as told in an article written by Edward Leonard for the Clarke Daily News - Much of the history of Mt. Carmel has been handed down orally over the years. The entire area surrounding the church was part of a 17th century land grant through Lady Culpeper to Lord Fairfax. Although Fairfax had a large estate overlooking the Potomac, he spent much of his life west of the Blue Ridge in a more modest home that he called Greenway Court in what is today called Clarke County. As the story goes, when Fairfax became ill he was nursed back to health by a woman named Ann Green of Ashby Gap. When Fairfax offered Green money for her help during his illness, Green is said to have refused asking instead for some land near where she lived for the purpose of building a church. Lord Fairfax is said to have dispatched a young surveyor named George Washington to plat the ten acres that would become Mt. Carmel. The church was built sometime around 1765. Situated on the western slope of the Great Blue Ridge just north of the intersection between Route 50 and VA Route 606. Bishop Francis Asbury preached at Mount Carmel twice. His journal indicates he preached there in 1794. The tiny one room church witnessed both Union and Confederate troop movements throughout the Civil War including, perhaps most notably, an attack against Federal troops by Confederate Col. John S. Mosby’s rangers that occurred very near the Church late in the war. The Mosby Rangers skirmish fought near the church and then was used as a temporary infirmary. A Federal scouting party had just completed a sweep through western Fauquier County to detain men affiliated with Mosby’s group. While making their way north, the party was ambushed on February 19th, 1865 by a Confederate force led by Major Adolphus “Dolly” Richards. Although the Federals outnumbered the Confederates, the close range fighting negated the troop advantage held by the Yankees. The Federals were soon scattered and made their way to the Shenandoah River and safety. Thirteen Federals were killed in the action and 63 captured from a total of around two-hundred troops. Only one of the Rangers was wounded. The Federals killed are said to be buried in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery across the road from the Church, in the center of the Cemetery is a stone fence that surrounds were the Soldiers are said to be buried and a few slate headstones still remain. Please help save this Church, the History it represents along with the love, support and faith in Jesus Christ it provides to the Community and it's Members.