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

First Reformed Church

First Reformed Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), November 28, 2020
1. First Reformed Church Marker
This congregation, organized by French, Swiss and German settlers, 1730 - 1732.

The Log Church, first church consecrated to the worship of God in this city, June 20, 1736, stood on this site.

The First Bell hung on old hickory tree, near site of Court House 1741—rung as warning of sudden incursion of hostile Indians when in tower of church.

Rev. Philip William Otterbein, founder Church of the United Brethren in Christ, pastor of this congregation 1752 - 1758.

Barbara Fritchee, nee Barbara Hauer, baptized in old stone church on this site, December 14, 1766, by Rev. Wm. Hendel.

Rev. Charles Lewis Boehme preached in old stone church to the French traders, 1771 - 1775.

Fifty three Members of this congregation in service of Colonies in Revolutionary War, 1775 - 1783.

Rev. Conrad Helfenstein preached to the Hessian prisoners, 1776 - 1779.

Graves of Revolutionary soldiers in churchyard.

First Synod Reformed Church, organized in old stone church, 1793.

Hymn, "Jesus I Live to Thee" written in this church by Rev. Henry Harbaugh, 1850
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches & ReligionColonial EraWar, US Revolutionary. A significant historical date for this entry is June 20, 1736.
Location. 40° 2.374′ N, 76° 18.279′ W. Marker is in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster County. Marker is on East Orange Street just west of North Duke Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 42 E Orange St, Lancaster PA 17602, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named First Reformed Church (a few steps from this marker); Welcome to Saint James (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fremont Boys (about 300 feet away); World War II Memorial (about 300 feet away); Missionaries & Visionaries (about 300 feet away); Saint James & Black History (about 300 feet away); Patriots of St. James Church (about 300 feet away); St. James' Church (Episcopal) (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lancaster.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 29, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 194 times since then and 21 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on November 29, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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