Lucketts Church to Celebrate 150 Years with Strawberry Festival

Update: The Strawberry Festival has been postponed to Wednesday, July 4, from noon-4 p.m.

Built three years after the end of the Civil War, Christ Church of Lucketts is preparing for its 150th anniversary and 31st annual Strawberry Festival.

On the Fourth of July from noon-4 p.m., the Episcopal church will hold its family reunion-like festival. This year’s theme is “What Can I Learn, What Can I Do,” which will encourage kids to learn something new. Although strawberry shortcake and ice cream are the staples of the celebration, there will also be much more food and snacks available. For the kids, there will be a moon bounce, face painting, balloon animals, a small petting corral and other activities.

Built in 1868 with board and batten, Christ Church is one of the last remaining wooden churches from the late 19th century. The church was in continuous use for the first 88 years, until 1956 when its rector retired and the congregation was unable to hold services because of the structure’s poor condition. Thirty years later, the church was restored and in 1988 regular services resumed as a mission of St. James’ Episcopal Church in Leesburg.

“The ambiance of this beautiful structure speaks of history that can only be imagined,” said Pattie Palmer, a member of the church.

To finance the restoration, the congregation began holding its Strawberry Festival. Now three decades in, the festival and church are thriving once again. Since 1998, Christ Church has seen eight different vicars.

For more information on the festival, call 703-771-2196 or email

One thought on “Lucketts Church to Celebrate 150 Years with Strawberry Festival

  • 2018-06-01 at 8:41 am

    All through the Bible, the Lord reminds us to go tell all generations of their God’s wonderful works. Church congregations must preserve the memory of how God has impacted their lives. A church that has a strong awareness of its history will have a better sense of identity to build on for the future. Every 25 years, each congregation should reflect back to rediscover the circumstances as to when and where their church came into existence, what its earliest ministry resembled, and how it has evolved over the years.

    Celebrations are a terrific approach to honor your church and its history, remember its past and renew the commitments of members and their relationships both to one another and the church. When the idea to celebrate begins to develop, realize that organization, preparation and funds are all necessary components of successful celebrations. One to two years is a realistic time line between the initial idea to celebrate and the implementation of the final celebration.

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