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R.M. Hays and Bros. photographs ( - Zion Reformed Church, Hagerstown)

Hagerstown,  Zion Reformed Church,  Click on the MEDIA ITEMS below for more information


The first church was erected between 1774 and 1776. This building was renovated in the late 1800s. It is located on the corner of Church and Potomac Street.

A sign outside the current church reads:

December 1770- A congregation of German-Swiss refugees organized the First German Reformed Church in Elizabeth Town, Canageschik, Fridrich County, Province of Mereland. The first pastor was Jacob Weimer. Land was acquired from Johnathan Hager, Jr subject to ground rent for 75 years. The cornerstone was laid August 10, 1774.
November 6, 1775- Captain Jonathan Hager, Sr died from an accident resulting from fallen timbers while helping to build the church.
1785- The church bells were cast in Holland containing several metals including silver. Captain Wilhelm Heyser, builder of the church, led a company of Germans in the American Revolution. Guns powder, tomahawks, grain and blankets collected here were sent by wagon to General Washington. Eleven patriots of the American Revolution are buried in the church yard.

July, 1863- General George Custer used the bell tower as a signal post after the Battle of Gettysburg.


Zion Reformed Church, Hagerstown, Md


Ellen DiBiase & Lewis Mountcastle

On the reverse is written "Building granite color. Block out lines and lamp."

Collection Location:
Hagerstown, Maryland

Original Size:
20 x 25 cms

Washington County (Md.)--History--Pictorial works; Hagerstown (Md.)--History--Pictorial works; 1863 - 1920

Washington County (Md.), 1863 - 1920

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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