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

"Sant Peter's Kierch"

 
 
"Saint Peter's Kierch" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Pfingsten, April 12, 2008
1. "Saint Peter's Kierch" Marker
Inscription.  Cornerstone laid July 13, 1767, and dedicated in 1769 by Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, patriarch of American Lutheranism. Church erected on ground provided by George Fisher, the founder of Middletown, for annual rental of "one grain of wheat."
 
Erected 1969 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionColonial Era. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission series list. A significant historical date for this entry is July 13, 1767.
 
Location. 40° 12.06′ N, 76° 43.927′ W. Marker is in Middletown, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin County. Marker is at the intersection of N. Union Street and High Street, on the left when traveling north on N. Union Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Middletown PA 17057, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Revolutionary War Monument (here, next to this marker); Middletown (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); 28 East Main Street (about 600 feet away); 30 East Main Street
Saint Peter's Kierch image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Pfingsten, April 12, 2008
2. Saint Peter's Kierch
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(about 600 feet away); Burd Tombs (approx. 0.2 miles away); B'Nai Jacob Synagogue (approx. 0.3 miles away); Alfred's Victorian Mansion (approx. 0.4 miles away); Camp George Gordon Meade (approx. Ύ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Middletown.
 
Also see . . .
1. Henry Melchior Muhlenberg. (Submitted on April 16, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
2. Henry Melchior Muhlenberg at FindAGrave.com. (Submitted on July 19, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
 
Plaque on wall of church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Pfingsten, April 12, 2008
3. Plaque on wall of church
This tablet
is erected in grateful memory of
the services rendered by
David Gottlieb Ettley
and Christian Roth, who,

under a license issued to them in 1764 by
John Penn, Lieutenant governor
of the Province of Pennsylvania
and now preserved among the archives
of this church, collected the funds
necessary for the erection of
Sant Peters Kierch
still standing in
Middletown
in connection with his duties as
collector, David G. Ettley walked
from Middletown to Philadelphia.
The exact place where these
Patriots were buried is unknown.

Erected by the descendants
of David Gottlieb Ettley in
1923
Wall Plaque image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Pfingsten, April 12, 2008
4. Wall Plaque
Sant Peter's Kierch
has been placed on the
National Register
of Historic Places

by the United States
Department of the Interior
Founded 1767
Sant Peter's Cemetery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Pfingsten, April 12, 2008
5. Sant Peter's Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 5, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 16, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,874 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 16, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.

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Jun. 28, 2022