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New Hanover Lutheran Church

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1768 with later alterations. Swamp Rd. and PA 663, New Hanover

This oldest Lutheran congregation in the American colonies was established by Germans of the Frankfort Land Co., who met in a log church before 1700. In 1741, this church together with Robert Smith's Zion Lutheran Church (demolished) in Philadelphia sent emissaries to Europe to seek a missionary for their community. Henry Muhlenberg was sent in response. The present gable-roofed building is crudely detailed but reflects the shift toward local Georgian forms that had been incorporated into the Zion Lutheran design of 1766–1769.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


What's Nearby


George E. Thomas, "New Hanover Lutheran Church", [Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 206-206.

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