Sunday, April 17, 2011

Christ Church 1773 Alexandria, Virginia

It seems appropriate to post this today. I'm sure this little chapel will have opened it's doors and be filled with all the people.

Here is the church

Here is the steeple

Original hand-lettered tablet. Painted by Col. James Wren, who made the architectural drawings and specifications for the building, the tablets have never been retouched. The background, originally white, has mellowed to the present burnished gold. True American folk art.

George Washington sat here. Washington once bought and later rented a pew in Christ Church and attended services when in Alexandria. His pew is the only pew preserved in its original configuration.

Robert E. Lee married Washington's step-great granddaughter, Mary Custis, and attended Christ Church throughout his life when in the area. His plaque is one of the only ones where you see the middle name "Edward" spelled out in full.

The wonky chandelier dates from 1817 and originally hung in the center of the church. It must have been serene with just candles.

Looking through history into the churchyard




  1. Lovely love. Interesting to contemplate.

  2. What a delightful time I had during your visit, Leslie, hope you did, too. You have such an artistic eye! Many thanks for sharing your talents through this blog.

  3. 1798 and 1792 have me itching to incorporate them into a digital collage.