A partnership of Shepherdstown churches and community organizations is sponsoring the first Shepherdstown Tour of Historic Churches on December 26 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. The churches, all located in town and all with long histories, are Christ Reformed United Church of Christ, New Street United Methodist, Shepherdstown Presbyterian, St. Agnes Catholic, St. Peter’s Lutheran, and Trinity Episcopal. All will be decorated for Christmas. The tour will be free and open to the community and visitors.
Participants may start at any of the churches, the Historic Shepherdstown Museum (located at E. German and Princess Streets) or the War Memorial Building (located at German and King Streets). At the War Memorial Building, refreshments and hospitality will be available. Maps will be available at each location.
Greeters and docents will be stationed at each church to welcome visitors with information about the history of the congregation and the church, architecture of the buildings, and interior accoutrements of the sanctuaries.
The tour partnership includes the participating churches, the Historic Shepherdstown Commission, the Shepherdstown Community Club, and the Shepherdstown Visitors Center.
Jerry Bock, Historic Shepherdstown President, says “This is an unprecedented opportunity for Shepherdstown residents and out-of-town visitors to admire the interior beauty of the town’s houses of worship.” All of the churches are within walking distance of each other and will be marked by luminaries. The event will begin with a citywide ringing of the church bells.
Questions regarding the tour may be directed to Jerry Bock, HSC President. He may be reached at 304-283-8338 or firstname.lastname@example.org.