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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Mount Zion Church Day 23


The grave of Janet Gricar Zelensky at historic Mount Zion Church Cemetery in Fallowfield Township, Pa., suggests she had a fondness for a black cat before her death in 1995 at age 42.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Mount Zion Church Day 22


A view of the side entrance to Mount Zion Church in Fallowfield Township, Pa. That is one spooky tree. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Mount Zion Church Day 21


A graveyard daffodil processed with Flickr's new newsprint filter at Mount Zion Church Cemetery in Fallowfield Township, Pa.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Mount Zion Church Day 20


Peeking through the window next to the side entrance to historic Mount Zion Church it's plain to see the last people who worshiped here walked away two decades ago leaving the cross on the alter wall behind the pulpit.

Later the building was rented to someone who used it for storage, and he left behind a mattress leaning against a wall, among other things. A small part of it can be seen in the lower, left corner of this photograph.

For more information on the history of this Lutheran church, whose founding members were among the first settlers in the Ginger Hill area of Washington County, click here.

It's interesting that the First Conference of the Lutheran Church west of the Allegheny Mountains was established at the original log Mount Zion Church, which was built nearby. The congregation relocated to this brick building in 1846, the attached article states., and the old church was converted into a home.

Please note the location on these posts has been changed from Carroll Township to Fallowfield Township, Pa. I'm apologize for the error.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Mount Zion Church Day 19


Phillip Seighman is the gravedigger at Mount Zion Church cemetery in Fallowfield Township, Pa.

Today he finished a burial by covering with funeral flowers the grave for James E. Rice, a New Eagle mason who died Wednesday at age 80. 

Seighman said he performs about six burials a year in the small cemetery along Cracker Jack Road.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Mount Zion Church Day 18


Happy Good Friday from historic Mount Zion Church cemetery in Fallowfield Township, Pa.

This sculpture of Jesus adorns a tombstone on the grave of Sgt. Randolph Wayne Metz, who died in 1998 just shy of his 77th birthday.

He served in World War II in which he became a prisoner of war. 

Despite those obstacles, the tombstone is etched with this epitaph: "I never had it so good."

Have a nice Easter.