History

St. Peter’s in the Midst of the Yellow Fever Epidemic

This special post was written by Libby Browne, a parishioner and historian at St. Peter’s Church. My daughter Katrina and I participated in the streamed March 22, 11 a.m. service at her house in Washington, DC, where I am staying. When it was over, she wondered what St. Peter’s would have been like during the …

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Looking Back as We Look Forward: Open Doors

This article was submitted by Libby Browne of the St. Peter’s History Committee. St. Peter’s Church has been involved in reaching out to its community since its earliest days, especially after 1832 when it became independent of Christ Church. In the years before the Civil War, the surrounding neighborhood became home to Irish immigrants fleeing …

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Nice New Kneelers

This article was written by Libby Browne. Have you noticed that we have new kneelers at the communion rail? Nancy Fago and Elaine Markezin noticed not long ago that the old ones, especially the central one which gets moved around a lot, were almost in tatters and needed to be replaced. It was not possible …

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George F. Harding

This article was written by parishioner Alan Heavens. George F. Harding didn’t think much of Abraham Lincoln when the renowned Philadelphia patent attorney first met the future president in 1856. In fact, as quoted in Doris Kearns Goodwin’s 2005 book Team of Rivals, Harding said Lincoln was “tall, rawly boned, ungainly back woodsman, with coarse, …

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New Information Comes to Light about George Croghan

We have recently learned from Allan Hasbrouck, a Christ Church member and volunteer in their archives, that George Croghan (1718-1782), who is buried in our churchyard, was a friend and rival of George Washington from the time of the French and Indian War. According to the Mount Vernon website: “George Croghan was a prominent trader, …

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Osage Orange Connections

Along the southeast side of the churchyard there stand four Osage orange trees with an intriguing history and connections to Nicholas Biddle, one of the most historic Americans buried in our yard, very near these trees. In 1803, U.S. President Thomas Jefferson sent Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to explore the Louisiana Territory which had …

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