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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Steeples Across the Horizon ~ A Scenic CityScape Masterpiece ~ of ~ The Queen City of Cumberland, Maryland

Steeples Across the Horizon 

A Scenic CityScape Masterpiece 

The Queen City of  Cumberland, Maryland

by: John Stephen Swygert




Included herein will be a historical and pictorial article all about the plentiful churches full of history all through our Queen City of Cumberland, Maryland.

I will first cover the churches whose steeples dot the horizon and include up close shots of each with a detailed history of those churches, as well as other churches in the area and as much history as I can gather about them as well.

This, like many of my works, will be a work in progress and I welcome any suggestions, additions, pictures, historical facts, or anything else that may make for an even better representation of our treasured town cradled in the mountains of Western Maryland.

Here are two views of far off steeples that are on the horizon of Cumberland's CityScape, and those churches are featured herein.

These pictures were taken from a porch in The Decatur Heights District and offer a stunning view.

In general, the steeples or spires that dot the scenic horizon and can be so easily seen across Cumberland's CityScape are from these seven churches.

I also intend on adding more pictures from inside the churches, as well as interview quotes, and other churches that do not have steeples or spires, and as I add that information, this article will indeed remain intact as is, and I will simply publish a link below this sentence in the future to the next blog page featuring more of these beautiful historical places of worship.

For example, did you know that Emmanuel Episcopal Church on Washington Street has Tiffany stained glass windows?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmanuel_Episcopal_Church_(Cumberland,_Maryland)...or did you know it was the Northern terminus to the "underground railroad"?
http://www.whilbr.org/itemdetail.aspx?idEntry=3275

I will be researching history of many of the area churches, time permitting, and adding any information that I can be it from personal stories, history books, newspaper articles, etc.

It has been ancient lore in these foothills that there are more churches here per capita then any city in the United States!

Peering across the skyline, and looking roughly from the South/West to the North/East, I will name the steeples as they appear in a picture I will enclose below.

1. Saint Paul's Lutheran Church, Washington Street and Smallwood Street, Cumberland, Maryland

2. Saint Peter and Paul Shrine, 125 Fayette Street Street, Cumberland, Maryland

3. Allegany County Circuit Court Spire, 30 Washington Street, Cumberland, Maryland

4. First Presbyterian Church, 11 Washington Street, Cumberland, Maryland

5. Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 16 Washington Street, Cumberland, Maryland

6.  Church of Saint Patrick 201 North Centre Street, Cumberland, Maryland

7. Centre Street United Methodist Church, 217 North Centre Street, Cumberland, Maryland

8. First Christian Church Disciples of Christ, 312 Bedford Street, Cumberland, Maryland








All Photos by:
John Stephen Swygert

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Centre Street United Methodist Church

                     217 North Centre Street
                     Cumberland, MD 21502



                                                                                                               






Methodist Episcopal
Church 
August 1871





" Centre Street United Methodist Church
1782-1982
Dedicated October 3, 1982 in 
commemoration of two hundred 
years of service to United
Methodists of Western Maryland

For by me your days will be multiplied
and years will be added to your life.
Proverbs 9:11 "



" Francis Asbury Hall
Centre Street
Methodist Church
Dedicated to The Glory of God and the
 Promotion of Christian Education and
In Memory of
Francis Asbury
Pioneer Preacher and First Bishop
of the Methodist Church in America
1959 "







~ Cornerstone ~ 

Center Street
Methodist Episcopal
Sunday School
July 1928



Francis Asbury Hall
Remodeled 1987




Centre Street United Methodist Church

                     217 North Centre Street
                     Cumberland, MD 21502


http://www.centrestreetumc.com/

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First Christian Church-Disciples of Christ

312 Bedford Street
Cumberland, Maryland 21502 
301-777-3909






First Christian Church-Disciples of Christ

312 Bedford Street
Cumberland, Maryland 21502 
301-777-3909



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Emmanuel Episcopal Church 


16 Washington Street
Cumberland, Maryland
21502
301.777.3364






Emmanuel Episcopal Church
16 Washington Street
Cumberland, Maryland
21502
301.777.3364

http://www.emmanuelparishofmd.org/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Emmanuel-Episcopal-Church-Cumberland/118997941470032

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First Baptist Church Sbc











First Baptist Church Sbc
212 Bedford Street
Cumberland, Maryland 21502
(301) 777-0668

https://www.facebook.com/pages/First-Baptist-Church-Cumberland-Maryland/103101423063847?fref=ts#


First Baptist Church is a historic church in CumberlandAllegany County, Maryland. It is a T-shaped gable-front brick structure of one and a half stories, with a white glazed brick facade that was added in 1917 to the existing church structure erected in 1849. The architecture is a modest interpretation of the late Gothic Revival style.
It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

References

  1. "National Register Information System"National Register of Historic PlacesNational Park Service. 2008-04-15.
  2. ^ "Maryland Historical Trust"National Register of Historic Places: First Baptist Church. Maryland Historical Trust. 2008-10-05.

External links



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First Presbyterian Church

 11 Washington Street
Cumberland, Maryland 21502










First Presbyterian Church

 11 Washington Street
Cumberland, Maryland 21502

http://www.fpc-cumberland.org/

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Central United Methodist Church 

15 S George Street
Cumberland, Maryland 21502














Central United Methodist Church 

15 S George Street
Cumberland, Maryland 21502

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StPaul's Lutheran Church


Washington Street and Smallwood Street

Cumberland, Maryland 21502

301-722-6604

email: splutherand@atlanticbb.net











StPaul's Lutheran Church


Washington Street and Smallwood Street

Cumberland, Maryland 21502

301-722-6604

email: splutherand@atlanticbb.net



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Church of Saint Patrick

201 N Centre Street
Cumberland, MD 21502



























Church of Saint Patrick

201 N Centre Street
Cumberland, MD 21502
http://www.olmcumberland.org/churches/saint-patrick-church/


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B'er Chayim Congregation. 


107 W Union Street
Cumberland, MD 21502
(301) 722-5688










  

B'er Chayim Congregation. 



107 W Union Street
Cumberland, MD 21502
(301) 722-5688

http://www.berchayim.org/

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Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church


328 N Centre Street
Cumberland, MD 21502
or
14 Smith Street
Cumberland, Maryland 21502
Phone:(301) 777-1800

























Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church


328 N Centre Street
Cumberland, MD 21502
or
14 Smith Street
Cumberland, Maryland 21502
Phone:(301) 777-1800

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Other nice shots around town with exquisite architecture.




Allegany County Circuit Court

30 Washington St
Cumberland
(301) 777-5927






Decatur Heights view of some of the church steeples and the mountains.

Decatur Heights Historic District



The Decatur Heights Historic District is a national historic district in CumberlandAllegany County, Maryland. It a mixed-use district of 77 acres (310,000 m2) located on the northeast side of Cumberland. It contains a total of 377 residential / commercial / industrial historic resources, including five properties previously listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Approximately 50 percent of the resources in the district predate 1890, approximately 40 percent date were constructed between 1890 and 1930, and the remaining approximately 10 percent post-date 1930. It is significant because: 1) its association with the history of African-American education in Cumberland; 2) its association with the exploration and settlement of the region, with its location along the National Road; and 3) the dense concentration of primarily residential buildings built between about 1820 and the 1940s.[2]
It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.[1]

Also see more about Decatur Heights and it's significance to the city here:










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