The Stone Church was built by a German Reformed congregation in 1823. Quite a few of the area’s farmers back then were “Pennsylvania Dutch” emigrants, Reformed and Lutheran, and now, almost two hundred years later, many local farmers are again Penna. Dutch emigrants, but from a different offshoot of the Reformation, the Amish and Mennonite.
In 1859, this place had a tailor, shoe store, carriage- and harness-makers, a sawmill, and three churches. And two taverns, convenient to the churches. I don’t believe there is currently a single business operating in the hamlet.
Apparently that merry gang in Wash.,D.C. is again talking about privatizing and shrinking the Postal Service. There’s no longer a grocery store, so the post office is about the only place to run into your neighbors during the week.
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