GSV Touring Early Pennsylvania Christian Communities

NEW HOLLAND, Pa. — Garden Spot Village invites the public to join in the Holy Experiment Tour on June 15. Led by Tony Blair, Ph.D., D.Min., president of Evangelical Seminary in Myerstown, the tour will visit a number of churches that played key roles in the region’s religious history.

“Dr. Blair will highlight the splendid variety of early Pennsylvania Christian communities,” said Chet Yoder, director of pastoral services at Garden Spot Village.

Participants will tour the Rev. Jacob Albright grave and Albright Memorial Church in Kleinfeltersville, where Blair will discuss the history of the Evangelical Association. They will visit the Lutheran Church in Shaefferstown, where Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg was once pastor, and hear a history of Pennsylvania Lutheranism. They will also visit the Tulpehocken Church, where Phillip William Otterbein, founder of the United Brethren, was once pastor. In Ephrata, Blair will give a brief history of the Cloister, and a visit to a local Presbyterian church will provide a backdrop for the history of the Scots-Irish in Pennsylvania. The program also includes a tour of the Pense Archaeological Museum at the Evangelical Seminary.

The tour leaves Garden Spot Village at 8:30 a.m. and returns at approximately 3 p.m. The $15 fee includes transportation and lunch at the Evangelical Seminary.

Please register by June 8. To register or for more information, contact Chet Yoder at 717-355-6203.

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