History 1749 -1800

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July 13, 1749

  • City of Alexandria established

1753

  • A chapel of ease, a place of worship for the convenience of parishioners distant from the main church, located in Alexandria

1765

  • Fairfax Parish created out of part of Truro Parish
  • John Dalton buries Elizabeth Barke

March 1765

  • George Washington elected to vestry at Fairfax Parish

1765  – 1778

  • The Rev. Townshend Dade, Rector

1767

  • The building of Christ Church commenced

1770

  • Glebe Lands purchased for Fairfax Parish

February 27, 1773

  • Christ Church, the building, received as completed from the builder, John Carlyle

July 25, 1773

  • First diary entry that George Washington attended a service at Christ Church

July 4, 1776

  • Declaration of Independence adopted by the Continental Congress

1778–1779

  • The Rev. William West, Rector

1779–1789

  • The Rev. Dr. David Griffith, Rector

1785–1787

  • Galleries added to Christ Church

1785

  • System of pew rents commenced to fund Christ Church. The former system of tax support had been abolished by the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • David Griffith first elected Bishop of Virginia, but never consecrated

1790–1792

  • The Rev. Bryan Fairfax, Rector

1792–1805

  • The Rev. Thomas Davis, Rector

July 4, 1793

  • First presidential visit to Christ Church by President George Washington

December 14, 1799

  • George Washington dies at Mt. Vernon, Virginia

 

 

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