Concert to benefit Austin Grove Church set for Oct. 26 and 27

Austin Grove United Methodist Church

A group of local residents have formed a foundation to save a historic church near Bluemont and preserve it in the National Register of Historic Places.

Loudoun County resident Kim Hart is one of the organizers involved with saving Austin Grove, a historic stone church built in 1911.

From 1872 to the 1940s, the church -- also known as Rock Hill -- served as a school for African American children from Willisville, Howardsville, Rock Hill and homes in between.

“I have gone to the church for many years and served on the Board of Trustees. It is a wonderful, spiritual place,” Hart said.

When three Methodist parishes consolidated into one in 2017, the group banded together to preserve Austin Grove.

Hart has helped organize a fundraiser featuring three performances by a group of students from Yale University. The show, “Call me from the Grave,” is based on the “mysterious life of blues man Robert Johnson and his legendary deal with the devil at the crossroads.”

The performances will be held Oct. 26 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Oct. 27 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $100 per person and are available at austin-grove.ticketleap.com. The concert will be held at Austin Grove Church, 33999 Austin Grove Road in Bluemont.

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