Welcome to the Catoctin Presbyterian Church! Founded in 1765, Catoctin
Presbyterian offers a full range of Christian Education classes, a vibrant
music program, participates in many local mission projects, and provides a
wide variety of opportunities for fellowship and spiritual growth for
residents of Waterford and western Loudoun County.
We are a congregation of the
Presbyterian Church (USA) and the
National Capital Presbytery.
To learn more about what we are doing, please check out our
Dates to Remember, and our
Good News newsletter!
Following closely on the heels of the Quakers who founded Waterford,
Scottish and Irish Presbyterians migrated south from Pennsylvania into
Loudoun County around the middle of the eighteenth century. It was
these immigrants who founded Catoctin Presbyterian Church, one of the
oldest Presbyterian organizations in Virginia.
The church was founded in 1765 when Amos Thompson was ordained as the
first pastor of Kittocktin Presbyterian Church. Three years later, a
plot of land two miles south of Waterford was conveyed to the church, and a
log church was built on that site. Today no trace of the original
church building remains, but grave markers bearing the date 1776 still
stand on that site.
The land on which the present church stands was conveyed to Catoctin
Presbyterian Church in 1814. A brick church was built between 1814 and
1833, and was used for worship intermittently until it was destroyed by
fire in 1878. While the church was being rebuilt, the congregation met
in the Baptist church across the street.
The church was rebuilt in 1882, using many of the bricks from the
original structure. The fellowship wing was added in 1951; the basement
of the fellowship wing was recently renovated, and further improvements
are planned. The stained glass windows in the sanctuary were installed
in 1952, replacing clear glass windows that had been covered with
colored paper to simulate the look of stained glass. The large Moline
cross was placed in the sanctuary in 1994. A modern heating and air
conditioning system was installed in 1999.
Here are more articles about our history:
Catoctin Presbyterian Church Windows by Jane Piercy
History of Catoctin Presbyterian Church by Ellen Parks
Church In Colonial America - script by David Baxa
Church In Colonial America - slides by David Baxa
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Catoctin Presbyterian Church
15565 High Street
P.O. Box 195
Waterford, VA 20197-0195
(540) 882-4683 fax