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Baptism, Hartleton

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In my mind I have traveled this road a thousand times. During these travels I have experienced a rainbow of emotions and learned a great deal about myself. Among the many things that I have learned is that I have a deep appreciation for the past. Images of small country churches, horse drawn carriages, and Victorian manors fill my head. They fill me with a gentle calm each time I reflect on them and remind me of how the simplest things in life can often bring the most comfort."

As the first half of the 19th Century came to a close, the small town of Hartleton, Pennsylvania saw an increase in the number of business and professional people, due to a thriving lumber industry. Those new to the area discovered they had to travel several miles out of town for Sunday Worship. To remedy this The Union Church of Hartleton was built in 1841.

The church was originally used by four different denominations: Evangelists, Lutherans, Methodists and Presbyterians. In 1873, the Lutherans stopped using the Union Church and built their own. The Presbyterians followed in 1878 and eventually the Methodists and Evangelists also left. By the 1940's the church was abandoned and left vacant for many years.

In 1972, it was finally rescured from inactivity by Donald Hayes. The church was part of an estate left to him by his cousin, Irene M. Burns. Instead of keeping his inheritance to himself he used it to finance the preservation of the church. Hayes had a long family history in Hartleton. His grandfather served as village surveyor and legal counselor druing the middle part of the 19th century.

Hayes took an active role in the restoration that began in 1975. During the restoration process the floorboards were replaced. The pews were painted white. The cracked walls were mended and given their original warm pink coloring. The central chandelier was repaired. The organ was restored and wooden chairs were recaned by local craftsmen. By Memorial Day, 1976, the church was finished and ready for the National Bicentennial Celebration. Hayes also preserved a small cemetary near the church that contains the graves of 11 soldiers from the War of 1812 and Civil War.

Before his death in September, 1979, Hayes was nominated for the Albert B. Cory Award by the American Association of State and Local History, a national organization devoted to furthering the cause of history.

Today, the Union Church of Hartleton stands as a result of Hayes's hard work and dedication. However, it is in need of constant repair and upkeep and may cease to exist without funding. To aid in keeping this glimpse into our past open, teh proceeds from more than 200 of these prints will benefit The Union Church of Hartleton.


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