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This church sits in a very small and very rural farming town near the Maryland-Pennsylvania border. It's always been rather isolated from other towns out there by itself and surrounded by nothing but farms, forest, and mountains. That isolation leads me to think that this church was built by the local men and my time line guess would be the mid-1800's Civil War era. One of them was obviously a pretty skilled finish carpenter. He put his all into this creation for all to see, for his faith and for any potential customers nearby who might need his high craftsmanship and creativity.<br />
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Although some of this entry appears to be masonry block, it is all created from wood in great detail. Funny, with all the Victorian elaboration, the finishing touch was a simple white porcelain doorknob. I chalk that up to the penny-wise practicality of the farmers who made up this congregation.<br />
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This building was found by accident while cruising the back roads with my friend and sidekick Bobby, and we turned around right away to go back and shoot. I love the symmetry and color of this old place with the fantastic weathering that only time gives.<br />
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Unfortunately, time goes on as it always does. Today this church is a wood shop and the entire building is sheathed in modern metal siding. Medium blue, in fact. It's not much to look at nowadays, so I'd say the soul of this place has passed on away from us. It just couldn't be kept in a metal box.