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Old Presbyterian Meeting House

  • 321 S. Fairfax St. Map It
  • Old Town
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 01/10/2017

Fodor's Review

Except from 1899 through 1949, the Old Presbyterian Meeting House has been the site of an active Presbyterian congregation since 1772. Scottish pioneers founded the church, and Scottish patriots used it as a gathering place during the Revolution. Four memorial services were held for George Washington here. The tomb of an unknown soldier of the American Revolution lies in a corner of the small churchyard, where many prominent Alexandrians—including Dr. James Craik, physician and best friend to Washington, and merchant John Carlyle—are interred. The original sanctuary was rebuilt after a lightning strike and fire in 1835. The interior is appropriately plain; if you'd like to visit the sanctuary you can borrow a key in the church office at 323 South Fairfax Street, or just peek through the many wide windows along both sides.

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321 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria, Virginia, 22314, USA

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Published 01/10/2017


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