LANSFORD, Pa. – An historic society seeks to revive an old church in Carbon County. The exterior of the Welsh Congregational Church was …
LANSFORD, Pa. – An historic society seeks to revive an old church in Carbon County.
The exterior of the Welsh Congregational Church has been barricaded for some time in Carbon County. Historians say this is no ordinary church. In the mid-1800s it was a thriving church in the Ashton section of Lansford.
Local historian Bruce Markovich wants to resuscitate this one-room church.
“This is the start of all the churches here in the valley, and like all churches, they are in decline right now, but it is the beginning of most of the churches born here,” Markovich said.
The church was consecrated on Boxing Day in 1850 and had services until the early 1900s.
Markovich, a historian for the Lansford Historical Society, says it is the oldest church in Carbon County. In fact, when it was built, officials say it was made with wooden dowels because the nails were too expensive.
“The nails were very expensive. They chose to use wooden dowels even in the window frames. Everything was just doweled together.”
Inside the church were prayer books as well as old Bibles from the 1800s, their pages torn by time.
There were attempts to repair the church, but a fire in 2002 set it all back. The historical society is now seeking donations to provide a more permanent solution.
“I think that’s a good thing because it would bring someone back to town more often,” said Agnes Lazar, a resident of Lansford.
Historic society officials hope the renovations can be completed by Christmas 2020.