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Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Welcome to St. Peterís Roman Catholic Church

 
 
Welcome to St. Peterís Roman Catholic Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry Gertner, September 19, 2017
1. Welcome to St. Peterís Roman Catholic Church Marker
Inscription.  
High above the storied town of Harpers Ferry, with the tranquil waters of the Shenandoah River flowing just below, sits historic St. Peterís Church. Deeply rooted in the rich history of the Church in West Virginia, the Civil War, and one of the stateís oldest towns, the church is a firm link to the Catholic heritage, which still serves generations of parishioners and visitors.

Since its establishment in 1830, St. Peterís has been the focal point for many historic events, particularly John Brownís Raid on October 16-19, 1859, and the Civil War. In addition, several prominent pioneers of the Catholic Church, both in West Virginia and in America, have been associated with St. Peterís, as parishioners, missionaries, or pastors.

Through its history and beauty, St. Peterís has become one of the most visited sites in historic Harpers Ferry.

John Brownís Raid, October 16, 1859
“On the night of the 16th October last, a party of abolitionists came to Harperís Ferry and while the citizens peacefully slept, the took possession of the United States Armoury, Rifle Works and Arsenal.

Next morning, when the

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inhabitants awoke, they were surprised to see parties of armed men patrolling the streets, and as some of them attempted to pass to their employment they were taken prisoners by the insurgents and marched into the Armoury, where they were placed under guard. As soon as the object of the insurrection became known, the citizens prepared to defend themselves and drive away the invaders. Accordingly, they armed themselves with any old guns they could find, they shot at the enemy who appeared in the streets, and the invaders returning their fire mortally wounded one of the citizens. The wounded man being a Catholic, I was called to attend him, and as I had to pass through the insurgents on my way, when I started I had very little hope that they would allow me to pass, as they were making prisoners of all they could catch. However, they allowed me to attend the dying man. I administered to him the last Sacraments, and he died soon after.”
(Rev. Costelloís letter to Father Harrington, All Hallows College, February 11, 1860)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RRChurches & Religion. A significant historical date for this entry is October 16, 1859.
 
Location. 39° 19.37′ N, 77° 43.861′ W. Marker is in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from Church Street just
St. Peterís Roman Catholic Church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry Gertner, September 19, 2016
2. St. Peterís Roman Catholic Church
west of Public Way, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Church St, Harpers Ferry WV 25425, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church (here, next to this marker); Harper House: The Mansion on the Hill (a few steps from this marker); Springhouses and Root Cellars (a few steps from this marker); Harper House Tavern (a few steps from this marker); Shenandoah Street about 1880 (within shouting distance of this marker); Trail to Upper Harpers Ferry (within shouting distance of this marker); "A journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step." (within shouting distance of this marker); Sweets for Harpers Ferry (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
 
Also see . . .  St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church (Harpers Ferry, West Virginia). Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on April 16, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
St. Peterís Roman Catholic Church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry Gertner, September 19, 2016
3. St. Peterís Roman Catholic Church
A less-often seen view from the steep footpath.
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Photographed By Larry Gertner, September 19, 2016
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Insert - John Brown and Father Costello image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry Gertner, September 19, 2016
5. Insert - John Brown and Father Costello
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 18, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 304 times since then and 49 times this year. Last updated on October 11, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 18, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   3. submitted on April 26, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   4, 5. submitted on May 18, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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Sep. 26, 2023