Christ Church is an English country-style church built between 1767 and 1773 to meet the spiritual needs of its parishioners and the community, a tradition that continues today. Originally built in a quiet, wooded location, Christ Church now has more than 2,400 members and is in the heart of the City of Alexandria. All are welcome.
George Washington was first elected to the Truro Parish in 1762. The parish, a geographic area, included Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, and Mt. Vernon. Washington bought and later rented a box family pew and attended services when in Alexandria. Visitors are welcome to sit in the pew.
Robert E. Lee attended Christ Church throughout his life from the time he was three. A silver plaque on the chancel rail marks the spot, where on July 17, 1853, with two of his daughters, Lee knelt to be confirmed by the assistant bishop of Virginia, John Johns. Lee married George Washington’s step-great-granddaughter, Mary Anna Randolph Custis.
Tours are available Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. On Sundays there are worship services in the morning and evening with tours available from 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. It is recommended that groups of 20 or more call ahead to schedule a guided tour.