Pohick Church-We Hope George Washington Didn't Sleep Here

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Real Estate Agent with Integrity Real Estate Group

Pohick Church in Lorton VA
Northern Virginia offers residents and visitors alike the chance to find history around every corner. Most people can easily find the big attractions in both the history and tourist books but it is the little places that you don’t know about that can also be a fun stop on your exploration of the area.

Pohick Church in Lorton VA is one of those places.  Called by many historians as the “Mother Church of Northern Virginia.”  When the Virginia General Assembly met in 1732 they established an area known as Truro Parish, and Pohick Church became the first Parish Church within the area. One of the first colonists to serve on the parish board was Augustine Washington the father of George Washington. As with other churches in the area the original church was small and as the area developed the church needed to be expanded on a grander scale.

In 1767 three famous Virginians, George Washington, George Mason and George William Fairfax supervised the construction of a new brick church on a hill which was the highest point in the area. The construction of the church was completed in 1774 just before the start of the Revolutionary War.

 

 

As with all of the churches at the end of the war the property which had been owned by the Church of England was turned over to the state. The congregation of the church changed after the war but the church survived and services continued.

As with so many historic churches in Northern Virginia the Civil War brought yet challenge and devastation to the property. The interior of the church was gutted with the pews being used for firewood and anything of value was stripped by soldiers. Fortunately the structure itself remained standing and in 1874 restoration of the interior began. The church now looks very similar to what it did when it was first built. 

 

Entrance to Cemetery at Pohich Church

 

The church is a beautiful place to visit and still has an active congregation today.  With centuries of American History to its credit it you should put this on your must see list when as you explore Northern Virginia. The church is located at the corner of Colchester Road and Route 1 just east of Lorton, Virginia.

 

 

Historic Marker at Pohick Church

 

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Cindy, thank you for the history lesson.  Northern VA is loaded in fine history from so many American eras.

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Neat! Interesting story about the church...

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Ellen-thanks for stopping by.  Virginia can be proud of it's place in the history of the United States.

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Michael-the church also has a baptismal font they think is from the 12th century.

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Cindy:  There are a lot of big names associated with the history that church.  And it looks like, in general, a lot of Georges in Northern Virginia history. 

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Chris Ann-no one can say "George" wasn't a popular name in the 1700 & 1800's.  Could it be perhaps something to do with a King ;-)

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Thanks Cindy, I love these localism posts, I do quite a bit of them about my area, Gettysburg, Pa

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Gerry-you live in a great place for history too.  Gettysburg has a lot more "charm" than much of Northern Virginia does.

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Cindy:

This is just lovely.  Who would have thought about George Washington's father?  Now, that goes way back.

 

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I think George did sleep here..Gotta love the Droid !!!thanks for your comment !!

Gary D in Denver

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Gary-at least hopefully not during a sermon :-)

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