Die Frieden Kirche
Die Friden Kirche or Peace Church was built in 1798 by a group of Reform
German Farmers who worshipped in their homes.
Historic Peace Church had its beginnings in 1793 when the German farmers in the area formed a
congregation. By 1798 enough money had been contributed to build a church which was completed and
dedicated on May 19, 1799. Membership was mostly German Reformed. In 1806 an agreement was made with the
German Lutheran Church, formerly at Poplar Grove, to share ownership and worship on alternate Sundays, and
they did so until the 1860’s.
In 1807, members of both congregations joined to purchase an organ built for them by Conrad
Doll. It is believed to be the first organ instrument of its kind in Cumberland County.
The church is a beautiful, simple house of worship in the Georgian style of architecture.
Inside, a wine-glass pulpit rises over nine feet high. The rough pews on the main floor and in the
balcony all face the pulpit.
The church was used until 1865 at which time a new church was built across the road. The
church was acquired in 1969 by the Commonwealth of PA. Then in 1972, a newly organized volunteer group
known as The Friends of Peace Church began to operate the church for the benefit of the general
Today, it is a historical site that is
open for weddings and special services.
Centrally located and beautifully maintained, it is the ideal settting for a storybook
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