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Once called the MOTHER CHURCH OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA, Pohick has the historical significance of being the parish of George Washington, among other notable families at the time - including the Masons and the Fairfax family - names recognizable even today. It was established before 1724 and was the first permanent church of the colony. Augustine Washington, George Washington's father, was one of the first vestrymen of this permanent church. The site of the present church was chosen and successfully lobbied for by George Washington himself. In 1801 an observer wrote that "one half was composed of white people, and the other of negroes" the latter most likely being slaves freed by Martha Washington earlier that same year.
The church suffered greatly during the war of 1812, was repaired in 1840 but left without a resident clergyman. Civil War soldiers used it as a stable and it later became a Union observation post from which balloons were launched to observe confederate movement. In 1870 restoration once again began and though mojorly completed by 1917, minor restoration continues to this day.
Before 1886, burials were in the church yard but either went un-recorded or unmarked. In 1886 the cemetery was organized into lots. A perpetual Memorial Garden was later created for the burial of cremated remains.
Pohick remains one of the loveliest cemeteries I have visited - from when I was quite young to present day.