Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Historic Pfafftown Churches, Part III

Three United Methodist Churches are the oldest in Pfafftown. The brick building of Doub's Chapel on Seward Road was established in 1780.

Pleasant Hill in Dozier is next oldest with its founding in 1852.

Elm Grove, established 1894, in the bottom picture is located at the edge of Seward on Reynolda Road. These churches are triangularly positioned in the community, separated by two to three miles, and served by one minister who currently is the Reverend Richard Patzfahl.

Although not members, both sets of my grandparents are buried in two of these churches' cemeteries.

The congregations are relatively small in membership, but they do a big job of organizing community affairs like July 4th God and Country celebrations, Homecomings, Veterans Day observances, as well as Fire Department and Law Enforcement appreciations. Doub's Chapel usually leads these activities with the support from the sister congregations.

There are larger churches in Pfafftown with more programs for young people, but they don't have the long history and architecture of these three.

I will address tobacco farming and flue-curing barns in two days.

Have a good day!



At 8/11/2010 4:22 PM, Anonymous Lynne said...

I've enjoyed reading your blog. I moved back to Pfafftown 3+ years ago (also lived here from 1986-1996). I'm now 30 minutes away from my home church and have been eyeing the lovely Doub's Methodist for awhile. Have you ever attended there?

At 8/11/2010 5:00 PM, Blogger Mike Mabe said...


Welcome back to the area and thank you for your comment about my blog. I have attended special services at Doub's Methodist like funerals and God and Country Day on past Independence Day celebrations. The sanctuary is very attractive with old woodwork and beadboard ceiling. The church has been struggling for members as many Doub family members have aged beyond being active. There are good people who go there and I'm sure you would be welcome.

Keep in touch and welcome back to Pfafftown.

Mike Mabe


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