Post-Civil War Restoration
Following the Civil war, services resumed in 1874, and a major restoration of its colonial interior began in 1890, thanks to the generous contributions of its congregation, the Mt. Vernon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Mount Vernon Ladies Association, among others. While the renovation was largely completed in 1917 (the approximate date of the above photo), smaller restoration and conservation projects continue to this day under the auspices of the Historic Pohick Church Foundation. Presently, this organization is raising funds for renovation of the exterior stairs and rails.
Over the years, Pohick’s unique history has drawn our nation’s leaders to visit the church for special services and commemorations. Not long after the Civil War, President Rutherford B. Hayes attended services at Pohick on Sunday, June 23, 1878, during a week when he was staying at Mt. Vernon. President Warren Harding paid another such visit on May 29,1921, the eve of Memorial Day, for the dedication of a memorial plaque honoring six local soldiers who died in combat during World War I.
With its history spanning four centuries, Pohick continues to inspire visitors from around the world. We invite you to come and explore the rich spiritual heritage that so many have experienced over the years.
The church is open to visitors Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 4:30 pm, and Sundays from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm, following the morning services. Guided tours for groups are available through advance arrangement with the church secretary. Entry is free of charge, though donations are cheerfully accepted.
Free admission, self-guided tours, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm daily.
Docents are available for groups after Sunday services, on the first Saturday of the month at 1:00 pm, or by appointment through the Church Office.