The church was built in 1851 and the first interment in the cemetery behind it was in the following year. Being on high ground and at the junction of two roads, it became a hub during the Civil War for 4 years from 1861, used as a hospital, barracks, prison and as a rendezvous. There are boards placed outside explaining the battle that took place, starting in the afternoon of July 6, 1864 between Mosby and Major Forbes, and resulting with Forbes being trapped under his horse and captured with his men. The battle must have made an impact on the two men as their families began a friendship that spanned more than 30 years.
I walked through to the cemetery, passing a commemoration marker that has caused some controversy since it was placed here, click here.
I did look up on Google to see what Wayd's sketches were like and was impressed. Some are here.
I came across a list of the transcripts here. but I couldn't find little Annie J. Cockbill, who was tucked under the tree root.
There's a two minute video here with a brief history of the grounds.
I also discovered this link with some really interesting information about the church and the Baptists. Apparently there's a dinosaur imprint in the cemetery wall, and baptisms were carried out in the nearby Aldie Mill pond as a full immersion was required.
After an hour of exploring I had to think about getting to work, but I was really reluctant to leave. So many commuters whizz past here on a daily basis and they have no idea of the interest and history that this little corner of land holds. I'm glad to say that I'm no longer one of them.