Hebron Church (Intermont, West Virginia)
Hebron Church is a mid-19th-century Lutheran church in Intermont, Hampshire County, in the U. S. state of West Virginia. Hebron Church was founded in 1786 by German settlers in the Cacapon River Valley, the congregation worshiped in a log church, which initially served both Lutheran and Reformed denominations. Its congregation was originally German-speaking, the documents and religious services were in German until 1821. The churchs congregation built the present Greek Revival-style 1 1⁄2-story church building in 1849, the original log church was moved across the road and subsequently used as a sextons house, Sunday school classroom, and public schoolhouse. As of October 2015, the continues to be used by the West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Capon Lake and the Capon Lake Whipple Truss Bridge are 0.64 miles northeast of the church, the church and its cemetery are on a 3. 879-acre lot. Hebron Church is on the plain of a rural agricultural and forested area of southeastern Hampshire County.
Baker Mountain, a forested, narrow mountain ridge, rises west of the church. The Cacapon River, just southeast of the church, is hidden from the church, George Washington National Forest, encompassing the forested area east of the Cacapon River, is east of the church. The National Register of Historic Places listing for Hebron Church includes the brick church, a paved brick walkway leads from the gate to the northwestern façade and two main entrances of the church. The church is surrounded on its northeastern and southwestern sides by a cemetery which is still in use, the cemetery contains over 600 gravestones, several yuccas, a hemlock tree, and a boxwood. A modern brick community building, within the boundary south of the church. One of these seven supporters, Thomas Colepeper, 2nd Baron Colepeper, acquired the area in 1681, his grandson, Thomas Fairfax, 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron. Under Fairfaxs ownership, the Cacapon River Valley was predominantly inhabited by English-speaking settlers as early as the late 1730s, most came from Pennsylvania, as the population of German settlers in the region began to increase, the desire for Lutheran religious services and education grew.
Ministers, including Henry Muhlenberg disciple Christian Streit, began to establish congregations in the largest communities of western Virginia, johannes Schwarback and Muhlenbergs son, reportedly visited the Cacapon River Valley between 1763 and 1776. Streit, charged with ministering to a Lutheran congregation in Winchester, Hebron Church, originally known as the Great Capon Church, was established by early German settlers in 1786 as a united German congregation of the Reformed and Lutheran denominations. The congregation was known as the German Churches, since it served both denominations. In its earliest days, the church was served by pastors connected with congregations in the Shenandoah Valley, according to the oldest extant church record, six people were confirmed in the Lutheran Synod and nine confirmed in the German Reformed Church in November 1786
St. John's Lutheran Church and Cemetery
St. Johns Lutheran Church and Cemetery is a historic Evangelical Lutheran church and cemetery and national historic district near Wytheville, United States. The church was built in 1854 and is a rectangular, three bay by two bay, frame church sheathed in weatherboard and it measures 45 feet by 55 feet, has a gable roof, and sits on a limestone basement. The adjacent cemetery includes a group of approximately 30 early-19th century. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978
St. Matthew's German Evangelical Lutheran Church
The German Evangelical Lutheran Church of Charleston, South Carolina, was incorporated on December 3,1840. The church was founded by Johann Andreas Wagener and 49 other German-speaking citizens wishing to worship in their language in the port city of Charleston. Wageners first intent was to form a German language, cosmopolitan congregation for all faiths, Reformed, when the ecumenical plan failed, it was decided to organize the congregation as an Evangelical Lutheran Church. Wagener was elected the congregations first president and he establish the town of Walhalla, South Carolina in 1849 as a colony for German immigrants. Later he became a Brigadier General in the Confederate States Army, in 1866, he represented the Charleston district in the South Carolina House of Representatives, and in 1871 Wagener was elected mayor of Charleston. The congregations first purchase was a cemetery for the burial of German-speaking citizens during a fever outbreak in 1841. Known as Hampstedt or Gods Acre Cemetery, the ground on Reid Street held 1,048 graves by the mid-1850s.
Johns Lutheran Church on Clifford St. Interestingly, the Presbyterian Lecture Room was purchased by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston in 1861 to form St. Pauls German Catholic Church. The Lutheran congregations first church building was a classical Greek Revival structure on the northwest corner of Hasell, the architect was Edward Brickell White, and it was dedicated on June 22,1842. The cost for the land and construction by John Dawson was $11,000, in 1856 the church purchased Bethany Cemetery because the first cemetery was full. There were several yellow fever outbreaks during the early years of the congregation. According to church records, there were 147 deaths in 1854,308 in 1858 and 130 in 1865 of which 84 were children, during the worst outbreaks, Pastor Ludwig Louis Müller officiated at three funerals every day. During the American Civil War, only the windows and some furnishings were damaged during the Siege of Charleston. By 1860, Germans represented 5% of the Charleston population, the congregation had outgrown the original sanctuary by 1868 when 40 applications for pews could not be filled.
In 1878 the sanctuary was sold to a group of 53 Lutherans who formed the German Evangelical Lutheran St. Johannes Church, devereux designed the Renaissance Revival U. S. The new sanctuary was dedicated in 1872 with elaborate ceremonies and 3000 persons attending, in 1883, the church began to hold services in German and English. In 1901, a clock and set of ten bells from the Meneely Bell Foundry were installed in the steeple at a cost of $7000, a Sunday school building was added in 1909. As the nation entered the Great War in 1917,83 members of the joined the military
Steelesville Cemetery is located at 21112 728th Avenue, two miles south of Dassel, Minnesota and is property of Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Minnesota. This one-acre cemetery, located among the hills of Collinwood Township, is long in history going back to 1878, as of April 2012, there were 249 people interred within the grounds of Steelesville Cemetery. The history of Steelesville Cemetery dates back to the 1860s when the first Swedish immigrants to the area arrived and settled in the community south of Dassel. Most all of these arrived with personal belongings of little value. On February 13,1873 a meeting was called and held at the house of Sven Harling for the purpose of discussing the advisability of organizing a new Lutheran congregation, out of that meeting came a congregation named “The Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Congregation of Steelsville, Meeker County, Minnesota”. At this location ten children and three members were buried. Two and a years the road past the church was closed. In early 1877 the church building was relocated to the site, the fee ownership of the land was transferred on February 4,1878.
Shortly thereafter, in the year, a petition was presented by ten men of the congregation, to relocate the congregation and build a new church building in Dassel. Thirty years in 1908 the Steelesville church building was sold to John Bredeson, the building was moved to his farm and used as a barn. In 1919 extensive cemetery improvements were completed, all monuments were removed, plowed and reseeded. The monuments were replaced, and the whole acre surveyed into lots with walks between each row, on March 31,1970 the Steelesville Cemetery Association was incorporated as a nonprofit organization. On February 16,1981 the congregation changed its name to Gethsemane Evangelical Lutheran Church of Dassel. The cemetery continues to be owned by the congregation since its inception. The origin of the name “Steelesville” was determined thanks to descendents of the Steele family who documented their family genealogy. Hawkins Ferrell Steele, better known as Hawk Steele, was born in 1821 and lived in Logan County, West Virginia, Steele served in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War.
After the war ended, Hawkins was inflicted with wanderlust and signed up for a train headed for Minnesota. There were other families on the wagon train including names such as Blair, Rasnick, Counts
Norway Lutheran Church and Cemetery
The Norway Lutheran Church and Cemetery are located 10 miles south of Denbigh, North Dakota and were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994. The NRHP listing includes the church structure, a cemetery. A pyramid-shaped monument topped with a cross is located at the northeast corner of the cemetery. Norwegian skier Sondre Norheim was buried in the cemetery in 1897, the church was built in 1907 with sand bricks from the Denbigh Brick Plant. The church was designed in a Late Gothic Revival style with a tower that reaches a height of 65 feet from the foundation. It was built on a hill above the Souris River and is visible for miles
Prospect Hill Cemetery (Washington, D.C.)
Prospect Hill Cemetery, known as the German Cemetery, is a historic German-American cemetery founded in 1858 and located at 2201 North Capitol Street in Washington, D. C. From 1886 to 1895, the Prospect Hill Cemetery board of directors battled a rival organization which attempted to take title to the grounds. North Capitol Street was built, and the cemetery compensated fairly for its property, in the 20th century, Prospect Hill Cemetery sold unneeded land, demolished its chapel, and reoriented the cemeterys main entrance toward North Capitol Street and away from Lincoln Road NE. Established as a ground for members of the Lutheran faith. Prospect Hill remains an active cemetery, and continues to accept burials, the German Evangelical Lutheran Church was organized by German immigrants to Washington, D. C. on January 27,1833. The small Lutheran and Reformed congregation first worshipped at City Hall along with Catholics, in 1853, the Reformed and Lutheran elements of the congregation erected a church building at 20th and G Streets NW and changed the name of the congregation to Concordia Church.
The growth in the church was due to the burgeoning German community in the city as well as the influence of Reverend Samuel D. Finkle, the church had a small burying ground adjacent to it. The congregants soon built a parsonage and parochial school, and established a German Evangelical Church Society in 1847 to assist with administration, fundraising, in 1858, the German Evangelical Church Society decided to purchase a cemetery for Concordia Church. The society bought a site, but discovered that the title to it was not clear, a second site was sought. Seventeen acres of Moores Farm, located in the Glenwood neighborhood, were purchased for $7,000 on September 23,1858, the whites-only cemetery was dedicated on September 26,1858, with a parade featuring a band and three German membership associations. Reverend Finkle, who led the ceremonies and blessed the grounds, declared the cemetery open to all classes and it is not clear why the cemetery was named Prospect Hill. The name was a one for cemeteries in the mid-1800s.
Prospect Hill Cemetery is indeed on high ground, and it has excellent views of the United States Capitol, Prospect Hill was designed as a garden cemetery. Until the early 1800s, most burying grounds were next to churches and they were very overcrowded and unhealthy, with graves stacked upon each other or emptied and reused for new burials. As a reaction to the cemetery, the first garden cemetery—Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris—opened in 1804. The concept quickly spread across Europe, garden/rural cemeteries did not have to be outside the city limits. When land within a city could be found, the cemetery was enclosed with a wall to give it a garden-like quality and these cemeteries were often not sectarian, nor co-located with a house of worship. Inspired by the English landscape garden movement, they looked like attractive parks
St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Parsonage and Cemetery
St. Pauls Lutheran Church and Cemetery is a historic Lutheran church and cemetery in Wurtemberg in Dutchess County, New York. The church was built about 1802, enlarged in 1832, and it is a large, two-story rectangular frame building with a gable roof and prominent central tower. It is in the Federal style, the parsonage was built about 1870 and is a two-story, center-hall frame building in the Italianate style. The cemetery has burials dating from the 18th and 19th centuries, on the property are two sheds. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987