We're Celebrating 250 Years!
In 2022, the Old Presbyterian Meeting House marks an important milestone-250 years of worship, service and fellowship in the Alexandria community and beyond!
Although the festivities have ended for now, we share this video as a celebration of our 250 years. We hope you will enjoy the video and visit the Meeting House for worship or another event.
Events Celebrating Our 250th Anniversary
History of the Meeting House, Two-part Series February 5 and 12, 2022
In this two-part program, Donald Dahmann, longtime Meeting House member and chair of the History and Archives Committee, offered his observations on the storied history of the Meeting House. The first session covered the overarching history of the congregation from the colonial era to modern times; the second session focused on the evolution of worship practices. Both sessions were recorded.
George Washington's Birthday Parade
February 21, 2022
With our float leading the way, Meeting House members and friends marched in Alexandria’s George Washington’s Birthday parade.
Reformed Thought and the Early American Revolution
March 3-6, 2022
How has the Reformed tradition spoken to the issues that have vexed American democracy since its very beginnings? This series of four lectures explored how Reformed ideas of providence, conversion, human nature, and moral freedom informed free-market perspectives, encounters with Native Americans, the impulse toward revolution and national independence, and the idea of race-based slavery as protected in the Constitution.
Reading & Reflections on the Meeting House
April 3, 2022
Tapping into our own considerable talent, Meeting House members read from historic sermons, prose and poetry, recite from the church’s history, and share imaginings of the church’s future. Too many to ignore are the significant ideas, memorable expressions and carefully crafted words that were written and spoken by our predecessors. Time to hear them.
Meeting House Tours
April 23, 2022
In conjunction with Historic Garden Week and the tour of Alexandria homes and gardens the Meeting House was open for FREE tours from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Guests came to find out why the clock in the Sanctuary is stuck at 10:20….or why there are no stained glass windows…and lots more! No reservations needed, just stop by!
Stories of the Meeting House
Reunion Weekend June 23-26, 2022
In June we held our culminating weekend of events for all members past and present and friends of the Meeting House. We included a number of events from Thursday through Sunday – something for everyone.
- Ford Evening Book Talk at the Washington Library at Mount Vernon
Two local authors, Dave Smith (OPMH Member) and Ellen Hamilton discussed their newest books about the Scottish migration to America and how it contributed to our nation’s founding. Kevin Butterfield, the executive director of the Washington Library moderated. The program was held in the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium.
- Art & Photography Show
Artwork and photos featured the church and community including a special exhibit on weddings, baptisms, retreats, mission trips, and historical events. The evening included a reception.
- Presbyterian Cemetery Tour & Breakfast
On Saturday morning we enjoyed a continental breakfast and a tour of the Presbyterian Cemetery established in 1809. The cemetery is located at 600 Hamilton Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314. Here you will learn about this historic cemetery and its important place in the history of our city and congregation.
- Gala Reception & Dinner at Virginia Theological Seminary
Current and former members, friends and special guests gathered for a fun-filled evening of great food and company at the Virginia Theological Seminary, 3737 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA. This Grand Gala featured a tribute to many of the most memorable people and events that have contributed to the rich history of the Meeting House. *Black tie optional.
- Reunion Worship at the Meeting House
Worship was held in the Sanctuary at 11:00 AM to celebrate our past, present and our future.
- Family Picnic at Fort Hunt Park
Our last event of the weekend was a picnic for everyone at Fort Hunt Park, 8999 Fort Hunt Rd., Alexandria, VA 22308. We had fried chicken, anniversary cake, a hymn sing-along, and games.