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Pohick Church, Mount Vernon

#9 of 14 in Historic Sites in Fairfax County
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
Pohick Church, previously known as Pohick Episcopal Church, is an Episcopal church in the community of Lorton in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. Often called the "Mother Church of Northern Virginia," the church is notable for its association with important figures in early Virginian history such as George Washington and George Mason, both of whom served on its vestry.
The present structure was completed in 1774 and underwent significant renovations beginning in 1874 and 1890. It is two stories tall with a hipped roof and modillioned cornice, with an interior of early Colonial Revival design. The church building was added to the Virginia Landmarks Register in 1968 and National Register of Historic Places in 1969.
The church's archive includes the original vestry book of Truro Parish, dating to 1732; a 1761 prayer book imported by Washington; and the grave marker of Katherine Popkins, dated 1766, which is the lone surviving stone from the graveyard of the congregation's former location in Colchester. Charles Mason Remey had contracted a family mausoleum on the grounds in 1937, but "the Remeum" became the target of vandalism and was demolished beginning in 1973.

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  • I had passed this church numerous times but never visited the church until a few days ago when I attended a memorial service. The present church building, using George Washington’s plan, was...  more »
  • The church allows visitors and has a very good visitors guide so be sure to go in. The store was not open when we were there. You can see the pews where George Washington and George Mason sat and the....  more »
  • First visit. Very informative. Clean enjoyed my visit.
  • Well maintained church. attended by both George Washington and George Mason.

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