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Old Propst Church

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c. 1887, Eugene Keister. North side of Pendleton County 21/9, .2 mile northwest of the intersection of Pendleton County 21/9 and Pendleton County 21 at Propstburg, across the South Fork of the South Branch of the Potomac River
  • Old Propst Church

This modest frame church occupies a site that John Michael Propst deeded to the “congregation of the Lutheran Church at the South Fork of the Potowmack” in 1769. The property represents one of the earliest German settlements in the state, and the adjacent cemetery is one of the oldest in the region. Local builder Eugene Keister, whose specifications survive, constructed the present church. Its traditional appearance and arrangement likely reflect the two predecessor churches, although they were of log construction. The gabled facade contains two unadorned doorways, one for each sex, and absolutely nothing else. Each side elevation has three rectangular windows. Inside, the pulpit, reached by five steps, remains from the earlier buildings.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.


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S. Allen Chambers Jr., "Old Propst Church", [Brandywine, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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