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Virginia Landmarks: Old Stone Church in Centreville, Va. Special

The  Old Stone Church  was originally built in the early half of the 19th Century. It was dismantled...
There is an Old Stone Church in Centreville, Va. located off of one of the main roads that stretches across Fairfax County. Still an active parish today, the church is a historical landmark.
Fairfax - Northern Virginia is deeply rooted in Early American history. As settlers arrived in the 17th and 18th centuries to the region, the area known today as "Fairfax County" links back to those early land establishments during the Colonial and Revolutionary War years.
Fairfax County is named for Thomas, sixth Lord Fairfax, Baron of Cameron who first arrived on North American soil in 1735 when he inherited a large parcel of land.
Fast forward to the 19th century and Fairfax County, along with surrounding counties, will again be noted in history books due to the prominent American Civil War battles and other events that took place in the area.
There are many historical landmarks from those earlier days that remain, some are well-known and others, less so. This writer routinely tries to seek out not only the well-known and highly toured locations in the region, but also some of the perhaps lesser known landmarks.
The  Old Stone Church  was originally built in the early half of the 19th Century. It was dismantled...
The "Old Stone Church" was originally built in the early half of the 19th Century. It was dismantled during the American Civil War and rebuilt shortly after the war. Today the church remains as both an active parish and a historical landmark.
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One such landmark is the "Old Stone Church". I had heard there was a historical church in Centreville, which is located on the western end of Fairfax County, and decided to take a ride over to see where it was. What I found was a stone church with a historical marker out front that indicated the structure had been used as a hospital by the Union Army, twice.
Marker located outside The Old Stone Church  which is located on the western end of Fairfax County
Marker located outside The Old Stone Church, which is located on the western end of Fairfax County
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The first time was during the first battle of Manassas in 1861 when Assistant Surgeon David L. Magruder commandeered the building for medical treatments. According to the sign posted outside the church, Magruder would later write he “took possession of a stone church, pleasantly situated in a grove of timber, directly … to the right of the road we had passed on advancing to the attack.”
The church was used again a year later during the Second Battle of Manassas. It also served as a Confederate hospital, according to the posted sign, who took control of the Old Stone Church depended on where it fell as battle lines changed.
An entry way that connects the original church structure with an addition that was later added on.
An entry way that connects the original church structure with an addition that was later added on.
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Historic landmark designation that has been placed on the front of the Old Stone Church  located off...
Historic landmark designation that has been placed on the front of the Old Stone Church, located off Route 29 in Centreville, Virginia.
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Soldiers had eventually dismantled the church, according to this Fairfax County web page, but it was rebuilt in 1870.
A rear entryway that links the original church with the newer addition.
A rear entryway that links the original church with the newer addition.
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Rear of the original Old Stone Church.
Rear of the original Old Stone Church.
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A view of the Old Stone Church from the side. In the distance sits another historic landmark; I beli...
A view of the Old Stone Church from the side. In the distance sits another historic landmark; I believe this house was possibly built in the latter half of the 1700s.
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Civil War markers that were observed in the yard in the rear of the Old Stone Church
Civil War markers that were observed in the yard in the rear of the Old Stone Church
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Over the years, the church building served many congregations of various denominations and is still an active one today. It is currently home to the Church of the Ascension.
The Church of the Ascension currently resides in the historical Old Stone Church.
The Church of the Ascension currently resides in the historical Old Stone Church.
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According to the church's website, the church was built in 1854 by members of the Centreville Methodist Episcopal Church, South. The Church of the Ascension purchased the Old Stone Church in 1973.

8 comments

#1Feb 22, 2013 Kay Mathews
I enjoyed the article and pics, Leigh!
#2Feb 22, 2013 Igor I. Solar
Great to know about a historic landmark being preserved and still being used today. The Old Stone Church looks very nice from the outside. I imagine you did not have the opportunity to see (or photograph) the interior of the current Church of the Ascension.
#3Feb 23, 2013 Gar Swaffar
Nice stone work and a great read. You've brought a lot of these places to life for those of us who can't drive over to take a peek at them - Thanks Leigh!
#4Feb 23, 2013 Steve K
An interesting informative article. Looking at the solid construction of the church brought to mind the saying: "they don't make things today like they used to" that were designed to endure for a long period of time.
... Today, we have become known as the disposable society where nothing seems to last beyomd a short time-span ... products, personal relationships, buildings ... you name it!
#5Feb 23, 2013 Steve K
Minor revisions to [#4] post ~ I was unable to make these revisons, since DJ website shut down for scheduled maintenance earlier this morning, just after initial comment was posted.
*** Revised repost ***
An interesting and informative article. Looking at the solid construction of the church (the stone structure below the modern-day roof) brought to mind the saying: "they don't make things today like they used to" that were designed to endure for a long period of time.
... Today, we have become known as the disposable society where nothing seems to last beyond a short time-span ... products, personal relationships, buildings ... you name it!
#6Feb 23, 2013 Leigh Goessl
@Kay Mathews
I enjoyed the article and pics, Leigh!
Thank you Kay for the kind words!
@Igor I. Solar
Great to know about a historic landmark being preserved and still being used today. The Old Stone Church looks very nice from the outside. I imagine you did not have the opportunity to see (or photograph) the interior of the current Church of the Ascension.
Thanks for commenting Igor. The church was closed, not even a car in the parking lot. I suspect it probably only opens on Sundays during services. The stone buildings I find intriguing. There was also another brick/stone building across the street from the church that is now a museum (was closed that day), but it was a structure built from the original materials of a building from the 1700s.
#7Feb 23, 2013 Leigh Goessl
@Gar Swaffar
Nice stone work and a great read. You've brought a lot of these places to life for those of us who can't drive over to take a peek at them - Thanks Leigh!
Thanks Gar! Appreciate the kind words. As an aside, I did find another church around the corner from this stone one, a wood building...if I can find out any history on it I might write on it; it's from 1850 and also still an active congregation. This one also had a cemetery on the grounds.
St. John s Episcopal Church  located in Centreville  Virginia. This Northern Virginia church was bui...
St. John's Episcopal Church, located in Centreville, Virginia. This Northern Virginia church was built in 1850.
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#8Feb 23, 2013 Leigh Goessl
@Steve K
An interesting and informative article. Looking at the solid construction of the church (the stone structure below the modern-day roof) brought to mind the saying: "they don't make things today like they used to" that were designed to endure for a long period of time.
... Today, we have become known as the disposable society where nothing seems to last beyond a short time-span ... products, personal relationships, buildings ... you name it!
Thanks Steve! I agree, definitely don't make 'em like they used to. Everything from buildings to furniture and most everything in between.
One day I hope to see Europe and other regions where some of the really old structures have stood the test of time.

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