DIG HISTORY! At the Abingdon Glebe

Abingdon Glebe

Archaeology Day Camp

Science. History. Anthropology. Deductive reasoning. Archaeology demands a lot of its devotees, but the payoffs can be epic, ranging from life-changing discovery to a new appreciation for very old cultures. If your child roams your backyard with a metal detector and a shovel, combs riverbeds for arrowheads, or dreams of being the next Indiana Jones, then our archeology day-camp may be just the break that your child — and your lawn — needs.

DIG HISTORY! At the Abingdon Glebe Archaeology Day Camp in Gloucester may be just the ticket. Located at the Historic Abingdon Glebe house, the camp offers children from fourth and sixth grades the opportunity to help excavate the Abingdon Glebe historic site.  The camp will run from Monday, June 18th through Wednesday, June 20th.  The last day of the camp includes a field trip to an active archeological dig inJamestown.  The camp begins at 10AM and ends at 3PM.  The cost is $20 payable to St. James Anglican Church.  Lunch will not be provided, so please pack your child’s lunch.

The camp is a joint project of St. James Anglican Church and the Fairfield Foundation. To register, please contact Fr. Kevin Sweeney at (804)824-9552 or download a registration form from the Fairfield Foundation website at http://www.fairfieldfoundation.org/

The camp will be take place at St. James Anglican Church which is located off of route 17 in Gloucester behind Ken Houtz Chevrolet. 

A brief history of the Abingdon Glebe

The Abingdon Glebe was built circa 1725 inGloucester County. A Glebe is a tract of land that belongs to a church parish.  Glebes were farmed to sustain the church and its staff.  The Abingdon Glebe is located 4 miles in each direction from Ware Episcopal Church and Abingdon Episcopal Church. Originally, the priest who lived in the Abingdon Glebe served both parishes.

After the Revolution, legislation was passed that removed Virginia’s glebes from the Church of England. In 1802 the Abingdon Glebe was taken byGloucesterCounty and kept for use by thePeasleyFreeSchool. It was sold after 1870 with the proceeds going to the school system of Gloucester County.

In 2006, the Abingdon Glebe went full circle. Upon his death, Mr. William M. Riddick III bequeathed the historic Glebe and land to St. James Anglican Church. The 65 acre property is still a working farm, vicarage, chapel and the home of St. James Anglican Church.