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

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The first St. Peters Church in Harpers Ferry was built on the banks of the Shenandoah River in 1823. A flood washed it away five years later. In 1833, construction of a new church was completed at the current site. St. Peter's was remodeled to its present appearance in 1896.

Construction of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal and the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad produced an influx of Irish laborers into the Harpers Ferry area during the early 1830's. St. Peters symbolizes America's melting pot tradition and the customs, habits and religion of the early Irish immigrants.

During the Civil War, the pastor of St. Peters was Rev. Michael Costello, a British citizen. To protect the church, Father Costello flew the British colors from the bell tower during hostilities. Hoping to avoid an international incident, neither Union nor Confederate soldiers shelled or occupied the building during the war.

Religious services have been celebrated continuously on the church's site since 1833. Today, St. Peters is under the care of the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity, who also serve parishes in Charles Town and Shepherdstown.

Text © 1994 Dianne Harrah, Drawings © 1994 Bill Harrah



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