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Pohick Church, Mount Vernon

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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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  • Great way to learn some history in it's natural setting. Docent tours are offered on the first Saturday of each month from 1 - 3 p.m. Docent volunteer was very knowledgeable and answered all our... 
    Great way to learn some history in it's natural setting. Docent tours are offered on the first Saturday of each month from 1 - 3 p.m. Docent volunteer was very knowledgeable and answered all our...  more »
  • 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... 
    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 »
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  • What a beautiful, peaceful place to ponder the past. I admire all the faithful servants who have worked tirelessly to keep these grounds so manicured, and the buildings so strong and stately. It was an honor to be able to experience history on such hallowed ground.
  • Pohick Church represents some of the oldest European history in the area. With ties to the 17th century, this parish was the first in Northern Virginia and connected to George Washington and George Mason. Although renovated several times, the current building was built in 1774. It's still a church and now a site visited by history buffs to see the old cemetery out back and the church's beautiful architecture.

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