Across the highway from Valley Forge National Park is the First Presbyterian Church of Port Kennedy. The building was finished in 1846, though the tower was added in 1909 to house a half-ton church bell. Port Kennedy was the name of the town originally, but technically it no longer exists. It was originally settled by Scottish and Irish Protestants in the first part of the 19th century. In 1965, road construction cut off the church and it now sits on a dead end next to a busy expressway. Below is a photo from an online map that gives you a better look.
Silver Spring Evangelical United Brethren Church was built circa 1887. Thanks to information provided from the Lancaster County Historical Society, I learned that the church was used by that denomination until 1960 when it merged with the Centerville Church to form Hempfield UMC. Next, it was used as Silver Spring Baptist Church until 1980 when they moved nearby and sold the building to St. Mary’s Coptic Orthodox Church, was was also formed that year. The Coptic Orthodox Church is a Christian denomination based primarily in Egypt. Estimates vary, but church membership in the U.S. is probably about half a million people.
Built in 1863, Trinity Christian Church is located in Skippack Township, Pennsylvania. The church was founded after a group was excommunicated by the Mennonite Church for wanting to provide a higher education for their children. The church’s worship area shown below has been located on the second floor since 1868. A more thorough history of the church can be found at this link.
Just around the corner from Liberty Baptist is Grooverville Methodist Church. Grooverville Methodist was founded by a plantation owner in 1832 who started by holding a Bible study and worship services a few miles from this location. A log church was later built and originally known as Lebanon. In 1856 the decision was made to move the church to Grooverville which was more of a central location for the local Methodists. The church was used until the late 1990s and then largely forgotten. In 2017 it was privately purchased with plans to renovate and share the historic building with the surrounding community.
Liberty Baptist Church is located in Grooverville, Georgia, a little south of Boston. The Greek Revival building was completed circa 1858 when the area was more heavily populated. Today it’s surrounded by farming property and dirt roads, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2013.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Lebanon Chapel A.M.E. Church is in Fairhope, Alabama. The concrete block church was finished in 1923 and still serves a small congregation.
St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church is located in Aiken, South Carolina. The original building from 1842 still stands, though it was remodeled extensively in 1926. It’s included on the National Register of Historic Places.