A Student of History

December 3, 2007

A Visit to Pohick Church

Filed under: Early America,Historic Preservation — John Maass @ 6:01 pm

A few days ago my family and I stopped at a local historic site I have long wanted to see, but never made the time to do so.  This is Pohick Church, an impressive brick building from 1774, although the congregation is even older.  It is the oldest church in Virginia north of the Occoquan.  The lovely church is open on most Saturdays, and inside there are helpful self-guided tour pamphlets that obviate the need for a docent.  It has many associations with Gen. Washington, as well as George Mason, both of whom lived nearby.

The church has a website with a well-written, detailed page on the history of the place, so I won’t repeat that here.  I will say that the exterior is both beautiful and stark, especially on a sunny late afternoon, when I was there.  The interior has been nicely restored, as a picture below depicts.   This spot can be seen in a short period of time, and can be done so in conjunction with a visit to Gunston Hall, Mt. Vernon, or Woodlawn.

Pohick Church is located on US Route 1 (9301 Richmond Highway), several miles south of Ft. Belvoir, in Virginia. 

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