Christ Church History

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Welcome history buffs, travelers, and seekers of information about a church where George Washington worshipped.

  • John Burns, FAIA, is a supervisory architect with the National Park Service in Washington, D.C. As part of the 240th anniversary of the church, the Christ Church Foundation hosted a presentation of Burns' research on the history of the church as seen through the lens of architecture. Please click below to view a video of this fascinating look at history.

    History of Christ Church through the Lens of Architecture

  • To view a short video about our 240th anniversary celebration with George and Martha Washington, please click below.

  • Keep scrolling down this page for images leading to a look at our 240-year history. For details in specialty areas, please click on these links:
    history   churchyard   tombstones   graveyard 
  • To share historical information or photos about Christ Church, please Email Meredith Bracco.

1749 - 1800

  • July 4, 1793::First presidential visit to Christ Church by President George Washington
  • 1767::Christ Church, the building, commenced
  • February 27, 1773::Christ Church, the building, received as completed from the builder
  • July 4, 1776::Declaration of Independence adopted by the Continental Congress
  • 1779-1789::The Rev. David Griffith, Rector

1801 - 1850

  • 1811-1813::The Rev. William Meade, Rector
  • April 12, 1804::George Washington's Bible presented to Christ Church
  • May 1, 1809::Christ Church Wilkes Cemetery established
  • 1811::Robert E. Lee's nuclear family moved permanently to Alexandria

1851 - 1900

  • 1898::Turnstile installed at the Columbus St. gate
  • 1866-1867::Victorian redecoration of Christ Church
  • 1872::Sallie Stuart
  • 1873::Meade Memorial

1901 - 1950

  • 1950-1951::Memorial Parish Hall constructed
  • 1902-1935::The Rev. William Jackson Morton, Rector
  • 1913::Rev. William Jackson Morton in pulpit
  • January 1, 1942::President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
  • 1942::Vested choir during World War II

1951 - 2000

  • 1986-1987::Parish Halls remodeled and connected
  • 1967::First woman, Marguerite Lamond, elected to Christ Church vestry
  • 1973::The Rev. William Sydnor, Rector, and Presiding Bishop John Hines at bicentennial
  • February 23, 1975::President and Mrs. Ford attend service
  • 1982::President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan attend service

2001-Today

  • February 10, 2013::The Washingtons arrive for 240th anniversary (Shannon Finney Photography)
  • December 21, 2008::President and Mrs. George W. Bush arrive for service
  • December 21, 2008::President and Mrs. George W. Bush attend service
  • December 21, 2008::President George W. Bush attends service
  • 2009::Renovation of Library in Parish Hall
  • 2010::Auditorium in Parish Hall remodeled
  • 2011::Fowler House celebrates 10th anniversary
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