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The Falls Church

  • Address: 115 E Fairfax St
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Building



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1732/11/01 Truro Parish is formed by an act of the Virginia General Assembly.
1748/00/00 George Mason Member George Mason elected vestryman
1749/06/11 Truro Parish is divided in two, with the newly formed Cameron Parish constituting the portion north and west of Difficult Run and Popes Head Run.
1762/10/25 George Washington Member George Washington is appointed to the Truro Vestry (The Falls Church).
1763/00/00 George William Fairfax Church Warden George Washington and George William Fairfax are appointed church wardens with responsibility to contract for a new building.
1764/03/20 George Washington Church Warden George W Fairfax and George Washington advertise for a builder for the brick church.
1765/02/01 Truro Parish is divided in 1765. After 1765, the seat of Truro Parish, which had been at The Falls Church, returns to the southern part of the county and The Falls Church becomes the seat of the new Fairfax Parish.
1769/12/20 James Christopher Wren Architect Falls Church is completed. Begun in 1767, the sanctuary is built by James Wren, a vestry member and architect of the building.
1770/03/01 George Washington (of Truro Parish) records payment of his pledge for decorating The Falls Church.
1770/12/00 James Christopher Wren Designer Designed by James Wren, the altar piece and communion table are completed at The Falls Church, July - December 1770.
1773/00/00 Townshend Dade Vocation Rev Townshend Dade becomes the first rector of Falls Church.
1776/07/00 The Falls Church becomes a recruiting station for the Fairfax Militia at the start of the Revolutionary War, July-September 1776.
1779/00/00 John Parke Custis Faith John Parke Custis, the son of Martha Washington, is appointed to the Vestry.
1838/00/00 Francis Scott Key Member In the early 1800s, local community leaders help to re-open the doors of Fall Church for worship, including Francis Scott Key, who was a lay reader, and Henry Fairfax, who used his own funds to restore the building.
1861/05/00 The Falls Church congregation disperses at the beginning of the Civil War.
1861/08/00 Aug-Sept 1861 - Confederate troops occupy the village and church. For the rest of the war, except after the battle of Bull Run in August 1862, the village and church are effectively under the control of Union troops.
1865/00/00 Until 1865, the building is used at various times as a hospital, stable, source of firewood, building materials and souvenirs. The interior furnishings are removed and bricks below window openings are removed.
1866/01/00 Second Restoration - The US Army repairs damages to The Falls Church caused by the Civil War.
1879/00/00 Due to unauthorized burials in the churchyard, the Vestry successfully petitions the Town of Falls Church to establish a public cemetery.
1908/00/00 Third Restoration - Major repairs to the church building completed: new roof, floor, lower windows, hot air furnace, chancel and vesting room. The grounds were leveled and seeded.
1920/00/00 Construction of the congregation's first Parish House on East Broad Street.
1959/00/00 Fourth Restoration - Substantial remodeling of the church: removal of the east wall to accommodate a new cancel, construction of the galleries, installation of the organ, office space and Nicolson Auditorium.



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Particulars for The Falls Church:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Sight Category Building
Criteria Historic Event
Owner Private
Area of Significance Religion
Historic Use Religious Property
Level of Significance State

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 70000870
Resource Type:
Owner: Private
Architect: Wren,Col. James
Architectural Style: No style listed
Level of Significance: State
Area of Significance: Architecture, Religion
Applicable Criteria: Event, Architecture-Engineering
Criteria Consideration: Religious property
Period of Significance: 1750-1799
Significant Year: 1767, 1769
Historic Function: Religion
Historic Sub-Function: Religious structure
Current Function: Religion
Current Sub-Function: Religious structure

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