Native Americans frequented the area for untold centuries, using the large, southerly rock outcroppings along Goose Creek as warm and safe haven in winter.
Later, around the time a young surveyor named George Washington passed through the region, our site was on its way to becoming a part of Middleburg, the “town in the middle.” It was in Middleburg – the halfway point in the two-day journey from Alexandria to the Virginia frontier – that travelers could find comfortable lodging, fellowship and rest. It’s hard to imagine a more appropriate origin for Meadowkirk’s modern-day address.
By the early 19th century, Meadowkirk’s deep agricultural heritage had begun to take shape. Delta Farm, as the property came to be known, was held by local landowner Benjamin Franklin Carter, whose “Stone House” still stands as part of our Welcome Center today. Other structures from that period can also be found on the property – including a small schoolhouse, an adjacent structure that may have functioned as a smokehouse, and the Log Cabin, which may have served as quarters for Carter’s slaves. At that time, Snickersville Turnpike – one of Loudoun County’s most familiar roads – ran up through the Farm’s entrance and directly past the Cabin. It is thought that deft legal moves by Carter may have been instrumental in redirecting the Turnpike from this early path through the Farm.
During the Civil War fierce battles flared all around Middleburg, and Delta Farm was no stranger to the conflict. In fact, Carter’s Stone Barn was burned by Union forces in response to his supplying Confederate troops from his storehouse. The Barn’s subsequent rebuilding – and its eventual repurposing as Meadowkirk’s signature gathering space – offer quiet testimony to the themes of redemption and renewal that are at the heart of our mission.
The 20th century marked several turns in Delta Farm’s history – beginning with the 1905 construction of the large Manor House and the property’s purchase by a landowner named John Rucker. In 1940 the property was sold again, this time to John Talbot II who intended it as a place of healing for his son following surgery. Talbot remodeled the Manor, adding plumbing and electricity, and held the property until the 1960s when the Farm’s ownership passed to Lucy von Lutterotti, member of an influential German family with real estate interests worldwide. Accompanied by her secretary and chauffeur, Lucy von Lutterotti would visit the Farm several times each year until her death in 2003.
Meadowkirk at Delta Farm
In 2004 the National Capital Presbytery (NCP) purchased Delta Farm following the sale of Glenkirk, the NCP’s longtime camp and retreat site in Manassas, Virginia, that had become increasingly surrounded by residential development. Having renamed their mission “Meadowkirk,” the NCP embarked on a significant site development plan but ultimately encountered a variety of challenges that culminated in the 2013 sale of the property. Delta Farm is now owned by a registered, charitable Foundation guided by Christian principles and committed to transformational opportunities, environments and experiences.
Meadowkirk, Inc., the 501(c)(3) that exclusively operates at Delta Farm, is a non-denominational, faith-based mission dedicated to providing life-inspiring retreat and event experiences.
Meadowkirk looks for candidates whose gifts and talents are matched by a deep, hands-on desire to serve others with excellence – because we seek to follow the example of our Lord, who came not to be served, but to serve (Matt. 20:28) and because we are called to do all things “to the glory of God” (I Cor. 10:31).
Individuals interested in an employment opportunity at Meadowkirk will be Christian team players actively engaged in living out their faith – and have the willingness to support our mission to “create a premier, Christ-centered destination in historic Northern Virginia that provides an idyllic setting for individuals and groups to experience God and the glory of His creation.”
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