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Wakefield Chapel
Annandale, Virginia

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Wakefield Chapel was built on land given by O. G. Besley to the Trustees of the Methodist Church. The chapel was built by the Reverend Elhanen W. Wakefield, the first preacher at the church. He also provided the materials and did most of the construction work.

The church was unoccupied between 1963 and 1968 and deteriorated badly. In 1968, the Trustees of the Anglican Church of the Ascension acquired the property with the intention of restoring it. In 1970, the original steeple burned and a new one was added.

Reverend Wakefield, for whom the chapel is named, was a colorful figure in Virginia Methodism. Born in 1834, he went to California during the Gold Rush, fought Indians in the West and later served in the Union forces during the Civil War. Seriously wounded in the Civil War, he was nearly buried in a common grave before it was discovered he was still alive. After the war, he rode a wide circuit in Fairfax County, preaching between Falls Church and Fairfax Courthouse.

Local influence of the Wakefield Chapel name is reflected in such nearby communities as "Wakefield Forest," "Chapel Square," "Chapel Hill," as well as "Wakefield Chapel Road."

Wakefield Chapel, no longer in use as a church, has been restored for community use by the Fairfax County Park Authority.

Text © 1994 Dianne Harrah, Drawing © 1994 Bill Harrah

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