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Near Lovettsville in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

New Jerusalem Lutheran Church

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, September 10, 2017
1. New Jerusalem Lutheran Church Marker
Inscription. New Jerusalem Lutheran Church, formally established in 1765, was among Virginia’s earliest Lutheran congregations east of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Its founders were Palatine Germans who immigrated to this area from Pennsylvania and Maryland in the mid-18th century. They constructed their first sanctuary, a log building, on land given by George William Fairfax. Services were conducted in German until about 1830. The present Late Greek Revival-style sanctuary was dedicated in 1869, and its bell tower was added in 1903. The cemetery’s earliest legible stone dates to 1770. A number of Revolutionary War soldiers are buried here.
 
Erected 2015 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number F-101.)
 
Location. 39° 15.48′ N, 77° 38.378′ W. Marker is near Lovettsville, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker is at the intersection of Lutheran Church Road (County Route 678) and Everhart Road (Route 676) on Lutheran Church Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12942 Lutheran Church Road, Lovettsville VA 20180, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First German Reformed Church Site and Cemetery (approx. one mile away); Lovettsville in the Civil War
New Jerusalem Lutheran Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 10, 2017
2. New Jerusalem Lutheran Church Marker
(approx. one mile away); St. James United Church of Christ (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Independent Loudoun Rangers (approx. 1.2 miles away); Taylorstown (approx. 3.4 miles away); Water Power (approx. 3.7 miles away in Maryland); Berlin (approx. 3.7 miles away in Maryland); Brunswick (approx. 3.7 miles away in Maryland). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lovettsville.
 
Also see . . .  Our History. “German-speaking immigrants from the Palatine region of Germany and Alsace, and Lorraine of France established the congregation in 1765. The physical buildings stand on the original property granted by George William Fairfax, and our neighboring Lovettsville Union Cemetery is where many Virginia pioneers are laid to rest. Their faith and their stories are the substance of New Jerusalem’s heritage.” (Submitted on September 10, 2017.) 
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.War, US Revolutionary
 
New Jerusalem Lutheran Church and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 10, 2017
3. New Jerusalem Lutheran Church and Marker
Close-up of Stones set into Building Façade image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 10, 2017
4. Close-up of Stones set into Building Façade
To the right white stone reads “Tower Built 1903” and in brown “Rebuilt 1968.” The brass plaque reads “In honor of these former pastors, and in grateful appreciation for his 39 years of love, guidance and devoted service, we dedicate these plaques in memory of Michael W. Kertsinger. —The Kretsinger Family.” The white stones read “Pastors of the New Jerusalem Lutheran Parish • J S Schwerdfeger, 1765—1768 • J A Krug, 1772—1790 • J G Graeber, 1796—1805 • F W Jasinsky 1805—1806 • D F Schaeffer, 1807—1808 • J M Sackman, 1810—1828 • A Reck, 1830—1831 • M Blumenthal • D J Hauer, 1832—1844 • P Willard, 1846—1849 • C Startzman, 1849—1852 • W Jenkins, 1853—1857 • J B Anthony, 1858—1859 • X J Richardson, 1860—1873 • A J Buhrman, 1873—1876 • P H Miller, 1876—1888 • D Schindler, 1888—1890 • M E McLinn, 1890—1896 • L H Waring, 1896—1899 • A Richard, 1899—1914 • J E Maurer, 1914—1918 • F W Myer, 1919—1922 • R S Poffenbarger, 1922—1925 • W E Saltzgiver, 1926—1927 • A F Tobler, 1927—1945 • W A Janson, 1946—1949 • W A Wade, 1950—1951 • W J Yingling, 1951—1954 • M W Kretsinger, 1954—1993 • P S Hanson, 1995—1997 • R W Michener, 1995—2004 • R T Freeman Aim, 1999—2006 • J L. Guttormson, 2004—2016”
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 10, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 10, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 50 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 10, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
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