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Lancaster in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

First Presbyterian Church

American Presbyterian and Reformed Historical Site

 
 
First Presbyterian Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, February 2, 2008
1. First Presbyterian Church Marker
Inscription. Congregation traces its origin to 1742. The first regular pastor was Rev. John D. Woodhull, Revolutionary patriot. First building completed here in 1770; present edifice dedicated 1851. James Buchanan, 15th President of the U.S., was a member.
 
Erected 1984 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. (Marker Number 37.)
 
Location. 40° 2.391′ N, 76° 18.159′ W. Marker is in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster County. Marker is on E. Orange Street 0.1 miles west of N. Lime Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 140 E. Orange Street, Lancaster PA 17603, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Edward Shippen (within shouting distance of this marker); Captain Stephen Chambers (within shouting distance of this marker); Jasper Yeates (within shouting distance of this marker); Robert Coleman (within shouting distance of this marker); General Edward Hand (within shouting distance of this marker); Colonel Matthias Slough (within shouting distance of this
First Presbyterian Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 12, 2012
2. First Presbyterian Church Marker
marker); Major John Light (within shouting distance of this marker); William Augustus Atlee (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lancaster.
 
Regarding First Presbyterian Church. The First Presbyterian Church is one of 445 American Presbyterian and Reformed Historical Sites registered between 1973 and 2003 by the Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS), headquartered in Philadelphia. Approved sites received a metal plaque featuring John Calvin’s seal and the site’s registry number (PHS marker location unknown).

The following text is taken from the Presbyterian Historical Society website:

Presbyterians have been worshipping in Lancaster at least as early as 1742, and have had a church on the present site since 1770. The first regular pastor was John Woodhull, Revolutionary patriot and chaplain. First Church contributed to the organization of three other Presbyterian congregations in the area. Prominent persons related to First Church include Rev. Lewis S. Mudge (stated clerk, General Assembly, PCUSA), Robert Fulton (inventor and painter), George Bryan Porter (governor, Michigan Territory), and President James Buchanan. The present building was
First Presbyterian Church image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, February 2, 2008
3. First Presbyterian Church
erected in 1851.

 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. James Buchanan's grave site in Woodward Hill Cemetery
 
Categories. Churches & ReligionColonial EraNotable Buildings
 
Steeple of Church image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, February 2, 2008
4. Steeple of Church
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 28, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 7, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,301 times since then and 33 times this year. Last updated on August 24, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. Photos:   1. submitted on February 7, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   2. submitted on April 12, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   3, 4. submitted on February 7, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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