St. Mary's Episcopal Church Community
Fleeton, the village where St. Mary’s is located, lies on the eastern tip of Northumberland
County. This is one of the oldest counties in Virginia and is one of the five counties
that make up the Northern Neck.
A peninsula, Fleeton is bordered on the east by Chesapeake Bay, on the south by the Great
Wicomico River and on the west by Cockrell’s Creek. It was established in 1902 by the Fleet’s
Point Development Company as a planned community.
Heathsville, Northumberland’s County seat is about 15 miles west of Fleeton. The new public
schools – elementary, middle and high – are located there as is the Northumberland Public
Library. A YMCA is scheduled to open there in 2009.
The nearest Post Office is in Reedville, three miles from Fleeton. Two good restaurants are
located in the town as well as the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum which documents the history
of the area and offers exhibits, lectures, and various programs for adults and children. Northern
Neck State Bank and a popular ice cream shop are found at the lower end of the town. Reedville
is the home of the menhaden industry which is a large employer in the area. In bygone years
there were a number of small menhaden processing plants, mostly family owned, and each owned
some menhaden boats. Today Omega Protein is the sole processing plant with 10 menhaden boats.
In addition to the public schools in the Heathsville area, there is a private school, Chesapeake
Academy, in neighboring Lancaster County, and two private boarding schools – Christchurch School
in Middlesex County and St. Margaret’s School in Tappahannock. Both are church schools of the
Dioceses of Virginia and both also accept day students. Rappahannock Community College has
campuses in Warsaw and Glenns.
Rappahannock General Hospital is located in Kilmarnock. It is a full-service medical facility. Burgess
(about 10 miles from Fleeton) offers two medical clinics and two dental offices. A volunteer rescue
squad and a volunteer fire department are found in Reedville as well as a sea rescue group who
attend to mishaps on the waterways. The nearest pharmacy is in Heathsville and there are several
in Kilmarnock. Northumberland County is approximately 90 miles northeast of Richmond, the capital
of Virginia, 80 miles north of Norfolk and 90 miles south of Washington, D.C. Kilmarnock, in Lancaster
County, and Warsaw, in Richmond County, are the largest nearby towns for shopping. Williamsburg
is approximately 60 miles away. There is a large supermarket in Heathsville and several independent
grocers in the area. Recreational opportunities are many are varied. Several rivers as well as
Chesapeake Bay afford boating, swimming, fishing and crabbing. In warm weather cruise boats take
passengers on daily excursions to Tangier Island and Smith Island. Marshes and forests offer hunting
and hiking, for history buffs there are Stratford Hall, home of the Lee family, and Wakefield, George
Washington’s birthplace, both in Westmoreland County. Historic Christ Church is in Lancaster County
and offers services during the summer months. There are also several golf courses in the area.
Locally there is a motel, several restaurants, Bed and Breakfast Inns, a seafood deli and seafood
outlets. There is a funeral home in Burgess as well as four banks and a hardware store.
For local shopping, St. Mary’s owns and operates a Thrift Shop in Lilian, about 5 miles from Fleeton.
The shop has been in operation for more than 50 years and some of the locals refer to it as
“the Lilian Mall”.
Our mission statement:
St. Mary's Fleeton Episcopal Church is a community of faith and fellowship; an open
and welcoming congregation that is nurturing and supporting of one another. We respect
and embrace the various backgrounds and spiritual paths of our congregants and neighbors.
We share our gifts and talents to minister to the needs of our surrounding community
as a reflection of God's grace and unconditional love.