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. . . HOUSES OF WORSHIP . . . (Click on an image to see the actual notecard size)
St. Peter's Lutheran Church
Shepherdstown, West Virginia

#NC-08270-WP - Notecards
Also available in Assortment Pack #AST-785

As Lutherans enter St. Peter's Church, they are confronted with the admonition in German on the brass escutcheon of the tower door: "Guard your feet when you into the House of the Lord go." Taken from "Ecclesaistes," the warning has been counseling church-goers since it was inscribed on brass by Michael Rickard for the great walnut door of the brick church on East German Street. In 1908 it was transferred to the present church where it continues to guard the key of St. Peter's.

As early as 1730, German families of the Lutheran faith had crossed the Potomac River to settle in the region where Shepherdstown was to be established. The main influx of emigration came with the founding of Shepherdstown in 1762. It was not until 1765 that the evangelical Lutheran Church of Shepherdstown was officially established. Henry Cookus, a membr of the church's first governing body, deeded in 1774, one acre each to the Lutheran and Reformed congregations on opposite sides of East German Street. A union Lutheran-Reformed Church was built on the Reformed acre and a union German school on the Lutheran ground.

Among the memorabilia of St. Peter's is the first register Kirchen Buch der Evangelisch Lutherischen Gemeine Zu Shepherdstown; the handwritten hymnal of the first pastor; the escutcheon fromn the 1795 church now on the tower door; and a 40-inch wooden key, which was the Richard's shop sign.

Text © 1994 Dianne Harrah, Drawing © 1994 Bill Harrah

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