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Hotchkin, Samuel F. The York Road, Old and New. Philadelphia: Binder & Kelly, 1892., p. 201

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Project name: St. Peter's Church, Weldon
Project types: church

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OLD YORK RD
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"Of those who did make such use of the Weldon Ladies' Society Hall, Mr. & Mrs. Henry C. Davis, aided by Miss Mary Smith (daughter of Russell Smith), Miss Lizzie Baaeder, Miss Elliot of Jenkintown, and the Misses Unruh, were so successful...that in 1878 Russell Smith made the offer of a portion of his ground in a suitable location adjoining the property of the Ladies' Society, upon which to erect a church; whereupon Mr. Thomas Smith generously agreed to build a simple but appropriate church structure, and the work was proceeded with at once...After the death of Mr. Thomas Smith, which occurred in 1883, his widow determined to erect a substantial stone structure enclosing the wooded one first built, the design being by Russell Smith. With alts & add that have been made from time to time since, St. Peter's Memorial Church now appears as represented in the accompaying engraving, which however does not show us the beautiful chancel w/the fine memorial windows, executed in London to the memory of Thomas Smith. In the most convenient proximity to the church, are the substantial and ample parish bldg. & rectory, which with the perfect lawns, driveways & necessary adjuncts, all the gift of the widow of Thomas Smith, make the whole a complete and beautiful place of assemblage for divine worship"

 

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