Port Kennedy First Presbyterian

First Presbyterian Church of Port Kennedy, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
First Presbyterian Church of Port Kennedy, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania

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.

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St. Mary’s Coptic Orthodox

St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church, Silver Spring, Pennsylvania
St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church, Silver Spring, Pennsylvania

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.

Interior, St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church, Silver Spring, Pennsylvania
Interior, St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church, Silver Spring, Pennsylvania

Trinity Christian

Trinity Christian United Church of Christ, Skippack, Pennsylvania
Trinity Christian United Church of Christ, Skippack, Pennsylvania

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.

Interior, Trinity Christian United Church of Christ, Skippack, Pennsylvania
Interior, Trinity Christian United Church of Christ, Skippack, Pennsylvania

Grooverville Methodist

Grooverville Methodist Church, Brooks County, Georgia

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.

 

Grooverville Methodist Church, Brooks County, Georgia
History Marker, Grooverville Methodist Church

Liberty Baptist

Liberty Baptist Church, Brooks County, Georgia
Liberty Baptist Church, Brooks County, Georgia

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.