Pennsylvania German Gravestones and Cemetery Walk & St. Paul's One-Room School Open House
The Lehigh Township Historical Society is holding our annual Open House of the St. Paul's One-Room School on Saturday, October 12, 2019. We will also be holding a special presentation about Pennsylvania German Gravestones in the basement social hall of St. Paul's UCC Church at Maple Drive and Almond Road (Walnutport). The church, cemetery and school are in Indianland, Lehigh Township, just off Route 248 west of Cherryville, PA. The school located on the other side of the church parking lot along Almond Road will be open before and after the program (10-11 am and Noon to 2 pm). The restored 1865 St. Paul's One-Room Schoolhouse next to the church will also be open for tours from 10-11 am and 12-2 pm. There is no charge to see the school. The program will start at 11:00 am and our speaker, Michael Emery, will present a power point to illustrate early Pennsylvania German Gravestones and discuss materials used, engraved text and decorative styles found on these old grave markers. Mr. Emery is currently the site administrator at Cornwall Iron Furnace and has worked for the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission for over 20 years. He has studied Pennsylvania German arts and architecture for 23 years. Following the program we will walk through the old cemetery behind the church to view examples of the old gravestones discussed. Wear good walking shoes, the St. Paul's Church Cemetery is on a steep hillside behind the church. The cemetery has been on this property since 1756 when it was purchased from the John and William Penn. The earliest legible gravestone is that of Wilhelm Best, a veteran of the French and Indian War, who died in 1762. This event is free and open to the public. Donations are gratefully welcomed. Light refreshments will be served. The event is sponsored by the Society's business member Gilbert Funeral Home of Whitehall, PA.