Holtzschwamm means woody swamp.
The first church was a log cabin building erected in the center of
the old graveyard.
(See the open area in the above picture)
The church in the above photo is the third one and was
erected in 1849 at a cost of $2,800.00.
For a time the building served two congregations ~
Lutheran and German Reformed
My forth Great-grandfather served as an Elder of the
Reformed Consistory in 1838.He and his wife are buried in this churchyard cemetery as are his son Jonas and many other family members.
Born 1758, died 1814
Interior of the Building
including a potbelly stove (one of 4 used for heating)
A portrait of Moses Bentzel, the designer of the building
The organ (still in working condition)
One Sunday each fall, the building is opened and there is a special service held. (last pic)
Above photo taken October 2007