FIRST ROMAN CATHOLIC SETTLEMENT IN VIRGINIA The Crucifix By Sculptor Georg J . L ...
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Description: FIRST ROMAN CATHOLIC SETTLEMENT IN VIRGINIA The crucifix by sculptor Georg J . Lober , erected in 1903 , commemorates the first English Roman Catholic settlement in Virginia . Fleeing political and religious termoil in Maryland , Giles Brent and his sisters Margaret and Mary established two plantations called Peace and Retirement on the north side of Aquia Creek between 1647 and 1650 . Later , they jointly acquired 15 , 000 acres in Northern Virginia , including the site of present day Alexandria . Their nephew George Brent , whose plantation Woodstock and family cemetery were located nereby , represented Stafford County in the House of Burgesses in 1688 , the only Roman Catholic delegate in the colonial period . Department of Historical Resources , 1998