Alleghany Mennonite Meetinghouse

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The Alleghany Meetinghouse

The historic Alleghany Meeting House was originally built in 1885, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Mennonites, for those who are unaware, are a sect of Christians similar to the Amish. They hold religious services in meetinghouses and have similar beliefs, but unlike the Amish, do make use of modern technologies such as motorized cars.

This meetinghouse is no longer in use and is preserved solely as a historic site.

It features an old well pump, and is an excellent example of historic Pennsylvania German architecture.

well pump
well pump

Nearby is a cemetery. There are a few points of interest here.

well pump

First of all, the cemetery is surrounded by a cornfield. Secondly, some of the older tombstones are in German (perhaps Pennsylvania German) rather than in English. I found this part of the site to be quite captivating.

well pump
well pump

Although the site is currently closed, it does have some outdoor toilets tucked behind the building that remain open, allowing tourists to relieve themselves even during the pandemic.

well pump
well pump

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