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

Union Church Cemetery

 
 
Union Church Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, October 11, 2020
1. Union Church Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  
Middleway, founded in the late 1700s, flourished as a trading center for most of the 1800s. About 1820 the Lutherans and German Reformed congregations joined together to build this church. Some years elapsed before the building was erected and finally the Presbyterian agreed to bear one third of the cost. Services were alternated, thus the name Union Church.

As the village declined, the Union Church and its cemetery deteriorated. In a more recent act of destruction, vandals smashed tombstones with bats, and knocked others askew. The nearby Grace Episcopal Church, having acquired the forsaken property, stepped in and has restored the size to its former dignity.

Captions:
Artist's conception of the church interior when it was an active church. Today the building serves as a church hall for the Episcopalians and the community.

A foot-pumped reed organ from the 1830s remains in the building. The "organ pipes" in the painting above were purely decorative.

This old photo captures the rustic beauty of Union Church, with the cemetery orphaned and overgrown. The building dates to the
Union Church Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, October 11, 2020
2. Union Church Cemetery Marker
1820s.

The earliest graves are located at the far (west) end of the cemetery. Selected family plots are shown on this aerial view.

The marker of Elizabeth Showers — broken in two places — has been repaired and straightened. This Grace Church congregation asks that you do not take rubbings or put anything on the tombstones. We recommend using aluminum foil and your hands to make an image, or taking a photograph.

Volunteers from Grace Episcopal Church mended stones using fiberglass rods, clamps, and a special cement.

 
Erected by Grace Episcopal Church; Cherokee Builders; The Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation; Samuel Butler; and Troop 19, Boy Scouts of America.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches & ReligionSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 39° 18.245′ N, 77° 58.878′ W. Marker is in Middleway, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker is on East Street (County Road 1/8) 0.1 miles north of Grace Street (County Road 1/8), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 112 East St, Kearneysville WV 25430, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Masonic Hall (a few steps from this marker); The Gilbert House
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(about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wizard Clip (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jefferson County / Berkeley County (approx. 1.2 miles away); Cedar Lawn (approx. 3.1 miles away); Cameron's Depot (approx. 3.1 miles away); Richwood Hall (approx. 3.4 miles away); Harewood (approx. 3.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Middleway.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 11, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 35 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 11, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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