African-American Methodist Episcopal Church, Lovettsville, Virginia

African-American Methodist Episcopal Church & Lovettsville African Methodist Episcopal Cemetery

3 N. Berlin Pike, Lovettsville, Virginia

Lovettsville African Methodist Episcopal Church

The African-American Methodist Episcopal Church [255-5003; 255-5001-0109], located on a flat triangular lot at the northernmost edge of the district, contains the former church and school building as well as a cemetery with approximately 20 marked graves. A bronze plaque at each entrance reads: ―African American Methodist Episcopal Church Founded 1869.  The cemetery contains marked graves dating back to that period and is associated with some of the prominent African-American families in Lovettsville. The vernacular, one-story, three-bay, gable-end frame church was constructed circa 1875 and was used as a church and later as a school for the local African-American community. The lot was labeled on an 1876 town plat as the ―African Chapel‖ lot. The frame building that occupies the site today may be the original chapel or one that was constructed a short time later, replacing the original.

The African-American Methodist Episcopal Church [255-5001-0109; 255-5003] is the district‘s most significant resource related to the African-American history of the community. This one-story, three-bay, gable-end, frame building rests on a stone foundation and the walls are clad in German-lap siding with corner boards and a plain frieze. The gabled standing- seam metal roof has overhanging eaves, exposed rafter ends, and an interior brick flue. The six-over- six, double-hung-sash, wood windows feature paneled wooden shutters and the front door is topped by a four-light transom.



LOVETTSVILLE Colored School, Lovettsville District (1924-1949)


See the webpage for the Lovettsville Colored School at The Edwin Washington Project website, a project to document the black students of Loudoun County, in collaboration with the Records Office of the Loudoun County Public Schools, local history clubs, private and government archives and the Black History Committee of the Friends of the Balch Library.


Photo (undated) of Lovettsville Colored School, courtesy of Claudette Bard, July 11, 2017.



African Methodist Episcopal Church Cemetery

Photo added by Jen Snoots

African Methodist Episcopal Church Cemetery

  • Lovettsville, Loudoun County, Virginia, USA

    Latitude: 39.27597, Longitude: -77.63895

  • 35 Memorials added (77% photographed)

A plaque in the memorial garden beside the church gives a brief history:

This memorial garden is dedicated to Samuel Rustin, Lee Simons, Claiborne Bailey, Joseph Rivers and Matthew Harvey. These five men, born as slaves, traveled from Orange County, Virginia to settle in the German settlement of Lovettsville, Virginia to be free, own property and start a new life. Lovettsville, a German settlement, didn’t believe in slavery and that every person should have the right to own property. These five men bought this church property, “African American Methodist Episcopal Church” on September 15, 1869 in the amount of $60.00.


Lovettsville African Methodist Episcopal Cemetery
Lovettsville, Loudoun County, Virginia

N Berlin Ave & West Broad Way Lovettsville VA

Lat: 39° 16′ 34″N, Lon: 77° 38′ 21″W

Contributed by Anne Braun, Nov 26, 2003 []. Total records = 24.

The cemetery is right in the middle of town on the northwest corner of the intersection of North Berlin Road and West Broad Way.

This small, well kept cemetery is owned and maintained by the Lovettsville African Methodist Episcopal Church. The cemetery was started in 1870 and it is still in use as a burial grounds.

I walked this cemetery Nov 22, 2003, and have transcribed every existing and legible headstone.

– Anne Braun

Anderson, Pearl, d. Apr 4, 1890, age 5yr 3mn 28da, d/o George and Sarah
Anderson, Sarah J., b. Jan 18, 1858, d. Jan 6, 1892, age 33yr 11mn 17da, w/o George
Curtis, Hattie L., d. Sep 28, 1899, age 37 years
Curtis, Joesph A.W., b. Feb 27, 1885, d. Jun 20, 1961, WWI Veteran
Curtis, Martha, b. May 28, 1846, d. Aug 9, 1908, age 62 years
Curtis, Martin A., b. Sep 17, 1890, d. Jan 20, 1919, s/w Hattie
Gray, Mildred T.B., b. Feb 16, 1903, d. Sep 17, 1987
Gray, Ralph L., b. Mar 18, 1901, d. Apr 12, 1962
Hardy, Alma Morgan, b. 1913, d. 1952
Hogan, James Walker, b. Jun 26, 1908, d. Feb 26, 1918, s/o C.U. and Lillie
Hogan, Lillie G., d. Sep 25, 1925, age 50 years
Lee, John W., d. Jan 19, 1912, age 25 years
Mallory, Roshall F., b. 1900. d. 1972
Morgan, Estelle, d. Dec 2, 1900, age 7yr 8mn 14da
Morgan, Harry D., b. Nov 28, 1895, d. Jan 25, 1914
Morgan, Mary C., b. Apr 1, 1877, d. Jan 22, 1956
Morgan, Rosanne, b. Apr 15, 1872, d. Aug 20, 1905
Moten, Elmer E., b. Sep 2, 1928, d. Sep 23, 1996, Korean War Veteran
Moten, Gertrude, b. and d. 1936
Moten, James L., b. May 6, 1929, d. Mar 28, 1972
Moten, Rose Mae, b. Jul 25, 1904, d. 1947
Moten, Samuel Terrill Sr., b. Jul 19 1943, d. Dec 1, 1999
Simms, Lee G., b. 1812, d. Jan 24, 1892, age 80 years
Smith, Erica B., b. 1988, d. 2002


See also Lovettsville Historic District

See also Lovettsville Historic District Listed On National Register of Historic Places