Pohick Church celebrates 250th anniversary with year-round events
Known as the home church of George Washington and George Mason, Pohick Episcopal Church in Lorton is celebrating the 250th anniversary of its Georgian-style building and location in 2024.
According to the church’s rector, Rev. Lynn Ronaldi, a series of anniversary events have been scheduled throughout the year, starting this weekend with the Jan. 14 bell ringing ceremony. At 11:45 a.m., community members are invited to join church members outside by the bell tower as the bell is rung 250 times. Docent-led tours of the church will be available, and there will be a reception in the parish hall. In case of inclement weather, all events will take place inside.
Pohick Church’s 250th Anniversary Committee also has begun selling tickets to the general public for a grand celebration, including author symposium, exhibition of artifacts and a gala dinner, at George Washington’s Mount Vernon on Feb. 10 from 4:30 to 8 p.m.
The symposium, which will take place in Mount Vernon’s Smith Auditorium, will focus on the topic of “Religion in the Age of the American Revolution.” Moderated by Patrick Spero, executive director of the George Washington Library, the panel will include authors John Fea and Richard Newman, Mount Vernon CEO Douglas Bradburn and Rev. Ronaldi. The gala dinner will take place in the Ford Orientation Center and include cocktails and performances by historic reenactors.
“The professional living-history actors who portray George Washington and George Mason will re-enact a debate during dinner about where to build the church,” said Ronaldi.
According to church history, Washington, Mason and George William Fairfax supervised the construction of the colonial brick church, which is located about six miles from Mount Vernon.
Other anniversary events on Pohick Church’s calendar include a May 11 Mother’s Day tea featuring a fashion show covering many eras; a July 4 parade and reading of the Declaration of Independence; and an Oct. 4 gala homecoming event at Gunston Hall.
"We hope the community will join us at Pohick for all these celebrations," said Ronaldi, "for Pohick is not only a national spiritual treasure in terms of helping to shape our nation's founders, but also a vibrant and welcoming church in the Potomac region today."
Pohick Church is located at 9301 Richmond Highway.