Ole Larson's Folks

Category: Early America

No, folks, “1777” isn’t the address, it’s the date the cemetery was established. On the grounds of the cemetery stands the Methodist Meeting House. The oldest existing building in the Wyoming valley, it was built in 1808. It is tastefully restored, and registered as a National Historic Place. Predating even…

Saturday, May 25 Leaving the Pennsylvania Dutch country, I drove a few hours further north, to Luzerne County, and the Susquehanna river valley named Wyoming.I have already written extensively about this place, drawing on considerable literature from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Densely populated today, the valley was inhabited only…

Day of the Brethren, part 2 Still May 24. Eighty miles northeast from Sams Creek, in Lancaster County, PA, is the Mohler Church of the Brethren, outside the town of Ephrata. As explained in this Wikipedia article, Lancaster County was at the center of “Pensylvania Dutch” (German-American) communities, including many…

Friday, May 24 After a second brief, unproductive visit to the Frederick County Historical Society, and another drive through the area of Michael Myers’ farm, I drove about 20 miles east to Carroll County, Maryland, and the Sams Creek Church of the Brethren, located in a rural area near the…

Monuments of Maryland, Part 3 Michael Myers‘ son Thomas Jefferson Myers apparently became quite wealthy as a miller in Buckeystown, a historic community several miles upriver from Michael’s farm near Creagerstown. Evidence of his wealth can be found in this entry for the US Census of 1850 (just months before…

Maryland Monuments, part 2 We are still at Mount Olivet Cemetery, examining the massive Myers monument and associated grave markers. To reiterate, this stone is about 7 feet high by 6 feet by 4 feet at the base. It must weigh several tons, and dates from a much later time…

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