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

St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church

 
 
St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 12, 2007
1. St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church Marker
Inscription.  
Construction of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal and the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad produced an influx of Irish laborers into the Harpers Ferry area during the early 1830's. St. Peter's Catholic Church, completed in 1833, symbolizes America's melting pot tradition and the customs, habits, and religion of the early Irish immigrants.

During the Civil War, to protect the church from Union and Confederate shells, Father Costello flew the British Union Jack flag as a symbol of the church's neutrality. St. Peter's escaped the war relatively unscathed.

St. Peter's was remodeled to its present appearance in 1896, and Mass is offered here every Sunday.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal series list.
 
Location. 39° 19.37′ N, 77° 43.861′ W. Marker is in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Church Street, on the right when traveling east. Located in lower town of Harpers
National Register Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 12, 2007
2. National Register Plaque
This property has been
placed on the
National Register
of Historic Places
by the United States
Department of the Interior
Ferry National Historic Site. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Welcome to 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); Trail to Upper Harpers Ferry (within shouting distance of this marker); Shenandoah Street about 1880 (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.
 
More about this marker. The marker displays photos of the church as seen From Shenandoah Street in 1865, and Looking north from Loudoun Heights, circa 1894.
 
St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 12, 2007
3. St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church
<i> St. Peter's Catholic Church, Harpers Ferry, W. Va,</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1920
4. St. Peter's Catholic Church, Harpers Ferry, W. Va,
St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 19, 2016
5. St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church
A less-often seen view of the church the steep footpath.
St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church image. Click for full size.
By Paul Jordan, August 6, 2010
6. St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church
St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church image. Click for full size.
By Paul Jordan, August 6, 2010
7. St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church
View of the organ above the main entrance.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 10, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,523 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 10, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on December 19, 2014.   5. submitted on April 26, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   6, 7. submitted on August 22, 2010, by Paul Jordan of Burlington, N. C., U. S. A..
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