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- OPMH_101223_09.JPG: The
First Presbyterian Church of
Founded AD 1772
House of worship erected AD 1771
Destroyed by lightening
July 20th AD 1835
Rebuilt on the same lot AD 1836
- OPMH_101223_31.JPG: Here lies the body of
Major John Carlyle
Dr. William and Rachael Murray Carlyle
born in Dumfiresshire, Scotland, 1720.
Died in Alexandria, Virginia, 1780.
One of the first trustees of Alex-
andria, 1748, appointed commissary
of the Virginia Forces, 1754.
Erected by the
Alexandria Chamber of Commerce
- OPMH_101223_33.JPG: Old Presbyterian Meeting House Burial Ground
Sacred to the memory of those for whom these grounds serve
as their final resting place.
These church grounds contain the mortal remains of some 300 persons. Buried here
are the Rev. William Thom and the Rev. Dr. James Muir, the congregation's first and
third ministers; John Carlyle, founding trustee and first overseer of Alexandria;
Dr. James Craik, surgeon general in the Continental Army and personal physician and
close friend of George Washington; William Hunter, Jr., mayor of Alexandria and
founder of the St. Andrew's Society; and members of their families. Also buried here are
patriots of the French and Indian War and Revolutionary War, the Unknown Soldier of the
American Revolution, founding members of the Masonic Lodge that George Washington
served as master, and members of many of the families that founded Alexandria.
Members of the Meeting House congregation were interred in the Meeting House graveyard from the
early 1770s until 1809, when the Presbyterian Cemetery was established on Hamilton Lane,
about a mile west of here. Buried there are the Rev. Dr. Elias Harrison, the congregation's
fourth minister, together with numerous other citizens of Alexandria, including merchants,
ship captains, eight mayors, patriots of the Revolutionary War, and veterans of the War of
1812, the Civil War, and the two World Wars. The congregation of the Meeting House
continues to operate the Presbyterian Cemetery to this day.
May the peace of those interred in these hallowed grounds be everlasting.
Old Presbyterian Meeting House,
Presbyterian Church U.S.A.
- OPMH_101223_37.JPG: Old Presbyterian Meeting House Burial Ground
In this cemetery rest the earthly remains of Patriots in the Revolutionary War,
many of whom were of Scottish ancestry.
These Patriots, along with many Presbyterians from Alexandria, fought for
the cause of Liberty and assisted the Soldiers of Washington's Armies.
The Old Presbyterian Meeting House also administers the Presbyterian Cemetery on
Hamilton Lane in Alexandria, where many other Patriots rest.
Lewis Nicholas (also "Nichola"),
William Henry Smith,
known but to God
The George Washington Chapter, Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution
the Saint Andrew's Society of Washington, D.C.
dedicate this marker as a memorial to these Patriots.
- OPMH_101223_42.JPG: 1732 1932
In this church yard rest the remains of many of the comrades
in arms, intimate friends and fellow Masons of George Washington.
Among them sleeps an unknown soldier of the Revolutionary Army.
To these, as a memorial, the wall around this sacred enclosure was
erected with funds subscribed by members of the Society of the Sons
of the Revolution throughout the nation under the direction of a
special committee from the Society of the District of Columbia.
- OPMH_101223_46.JPG: James Crain
- OPMH_101223_49.JPG: William Hunter
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- Wikipedia Description: Old Presbyterian Meeting House
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Old Presbyterian Meeting House is a Presbyterian house of worship in the city of Alexandria, Virginia. The congregation of the church was organized in 1772; the current building was completed in the 1780s. The cupola, with bell, was added in 1790. The meetinghouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places on February 16, 2001.
One of the Meetinghouse's chaplains, Joseph J. Bullock, also served as the Chaplain of the United States Senate for part of his tenure. In addition, the church has connections with a number of important figures in Alexandria history. Among these were merchant John Carlyle and physician James Craik, who attended George Washington in his final illness. Both men are buried in the churchyard next to the meetinghouse. Also buried there is an unknown soldier of the American Revolutionary War, whose corpse was discovered during restoration work nearby, and who was interred in the cemetery in 1929.
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