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    Philippi Christian Church

    by grandmaR Updated Jun 13, 2005

    The dominent building on the Deltaville main street is the Philippi Christian Church (17276 General Puller Highway, P.O. Box 555, Deltaville VA 23043) so naturally I took a picture of it. The sign on the front says it was founded in 1871. The church is apparently a center of community affairs, but I couldn't find anything out about the building itself.

    The Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is geographically subdivided into a number of districts. District IX includes those churches on the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck.

    A dozen congregations comprise this district. They are Antioch Christian Church, Bowling Green; Ashland Christian Church; Ephesus Christian Church, Foneswood; Independence Christian Church, Ashland; Oak Grove Christian Church, Mathews; Philippi Christian Church, Deltaville; Rappahannock Christian Church, Dunnsville; Slash Christian Church, Ashland; Smyrna Christian Church, Powcan; West Point Christian Church; Westville Christian Church, Mathews; and Zion Christian Church, Beaverdam.

    Philippi’s annual Fish Fry held at the beginning of June has long been a premier event for District IX. When it was canceled in 2002, there was such disappointment that the Philippi brothers and sisters made a special effort to reinstitute the Fish Fry for 2003. In addition fried fish and the fixings, there are activities such as horseshoes, volleyball, and maybe even an egg toss.

    The Deltaville Community Women's Club meets at Philippi Church on the third Tuesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. The public is invited.

    Watercolor classes are held in the church taught by a local artist.

    Hands Across Middlesex Interfaith Outreach Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) grassroots organization dedicated to serving disadvantaged citizens of Middlesex County. The office (located at the Philippi Christian Church) is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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    Middlesex County Public Library, Deltaville Branch

    by grandmaR Updated Oct 11, 2004

    I walked by the library and tried to take a photo, but it was difficult because it was almost completely in shadow. The library was having a book sale. It is at 35 Lover's Lane.

    The public library in Middlesex County, Virginia traces its beginning to 1915 when fifteen ladies formed a book club for the purpose of exchanging and enjoying the pleasures of reading together. The books were signed on the fly leaf when borrowed and returned, and some of these original books are still on the shelves of the Middlesex County Public Library today. The formal establishment of the Library took place in 1927. It was housed in the Middlesex County Bank building in the town of Urbanna.

    A library funded by the U.S. Works ProgressvAdministration (WPA) was formed in Deltaville during the 1930's but was discontinued in the 1940's. The Deltaville Library was reorganized by volunteers in the 1950's and was incorporated in 1985.

    The two libraries were merged in 1987 as the Middlesex County Public Library, Inc. (MCPL) and is one of eleven independent public libraries in Virginia. Together the branches at Urbanna and Deltaville house a collection of more than 36,000 items including rare books, an extensive collection on the history of Middlesex County, children's books, and audio and video tapes. In Fiscal 2001-02 total circulation exceeded 50,000, and there were over 37,900 patron visits at the two branches.

    Hours: Monday & Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Tuesday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Thursday & Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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