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Pilgrimageto Farrar’s Island

November 13, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm EST

“If You Came This Way . . .”: A Pilgrimage to Farrar’s Island, Henryco, Virginia

Henricus Historical Park and Dutch Gap Conservation Area, Chesterfield

November 13, 2021


If you came this way,

Taking the route you would be likely to take

From the place you would be likely to come from, . . .

  1. S. Eliot, Little Gidding


In “Little Gidding,” the fourth and final poem of Four Quartets, T.S. Eliot invites readers to reflect on pilgrimage to the eponymous religious community founded in 1624 by Nicholas Ferrar, Jr. Published in September 1942, this series of poems explores time, perspective, humanity, and salvation – the same themes framing this autumn pilgrimage to the second English settlement on the James River which bears the same family name: Farrar’s Island, known today as Dutch Gap Conservation Area and Henricus Historical Park. Though we cannot visit Little Gidding, at Henricus Historical Park we will pray with the 1552 Book of Common Prayer in the recreated colonial church there, and explore how two kinsmen, William Farrar I of Farrar’s Island and Nicholas Ferrar, Jr., of Little Gidding, both with grounding in the emerging Anglican theology, forged two different paths forward in building community in the seventeenth century English Atlantic world. This pilgrimage includes a four-mile meditative walk through the Dutch Gap Conservation Area, where with poetry and prayer we will reflect with each footstep on God’s kingdom, and how the land and James River have changed over the past 400 years in response to human activity. We will ask how these two different ways of life worked over time to form contemporary ideas of time, perspective, humanity, and salvation.


This pilgrimage will be of particular interest to those interested and involved in the Becoming Beloved Community, Stewards of the Earth, and Intentional Spirituality Group  ministries, not to mention lovers of poetry and church history. Limited to 20 participants, all ages welcome. Admission fees can be paid day-of at Henricus Historical Park: Adults: $8; Children (ages 3 – 12): $7; Children (2 and under): Free; Members: Free (must present a Patron Pass or photo identification); Military: $1 discount to active and retired military personnel and their families.

RSVP by November 4 to Donna Horizon (, 355-1779).

Contact: Mary Richie McGuire ( or the Rev. Hilary Streever (


November 13, 2021
9:00 am - 2:00 pm EST
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