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“Cool old cemetery” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Old Presbyterian Meeting House

Old Presbyterian Meeting House
321 S. Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314 (Old Town)
703 549 6670
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Mt Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC
Ranked #20 of 70 things to do in Alexandria
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“Cool old cemetery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

We stopped by here on Good Friday and were invited to stay for services. The congregation was very welcoming, but we chose not to stay as my kids were getting hungry. The cemetery behind the church is very cool, neat old graves with history of our nation's founders. The grave of the unknown soldier of the revolutionary war was neat to see.

Visited March 2013
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“A little know fact about Alexandria”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

The grave of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution is located in the back corner between this church and the Roman Catholic church behind it. Worth a visit for that reason alone.

Visited August 2012
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“The Revolutionary Spirit Alive and Well in Alexandria”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

Three blocks south of the Old Town Visitors Center is the home of the Old Presbyterian Meeting House, founded in 1772. The church was destroyed in a fire in the 1820s, but the restorated sanctuary sets the stage for an appreciation of the spirit of a small group of Christians worshipping in the 18th centruy Revolutionary era as well as the early 19th century when America was being built into a young nation. The central pulpit highlights the centrality of preaching for Presbyterians, and the two organs (chancel and balcony) symbolize the importance of song to their liturgy. This is where the second memoral service for President George Washington (the other at Mount Vernon) was held because access to Christ Church was impossible because of muddy lanes. Visit the courtyard to find the Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary Soldier and the tombstones of a number of prominent Alexandrians. Note the unusual steeple without its spire, another sign of the independent attitude of the Scotch Irish who founded the Meeting House. Stop in the office in the white building south of the sanctuary to talk with the curteous and informed staff and check out the Geneva Bible on display in the library. The best time for a visit is Sunday morning when you can worship, talk to the members over coffee and get a fuller perspective on how a congregation that worships in an "Old' building attempts to be relevant to a "New" world.

Visited July 2012
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