SW corner of King and High Sts. Dedicated in 1908, this structure became the second church for the Lutheran congregation. The church bell, dating from 1879, was brought from the first church and installed in the tower. An escutcheon made by local locksmith Michael Rickard in 1795 also was transferred from the old building and placed on the tower door, where it remains today.
Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church was built in 1906. The building
is a gothic structure with a massive tower, made of blue limestone, hand dug
from a quarry on C. S. Wysong’s farm on Moler Road and Ohio granite trimmings.
Charlie Jones and his sons completed the masonry work, while A. S. Link did the
carpentry. The church contains three
glass windows that picture the appearance of the angel to the shepherds in the field,
the Madonna and child in the stable and behind the altar, the third depicts,
Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Shepherdstown was
officially established in 1765, after the founding of Mecklenburg (today
Shepherdstown). Six men founded the church, one being Martin Endler, the first
in the line of Entlers. The first church was located next to the railroad
tracks, on German Street. Pastors often served many churches in northern
Virginia and southern Maryland because they were in short supply. The first
pastor for the church was Reverend Mr. Bauer in 1766, but he was not a Lutheran
pastor. He was a Christ Reformed Church pastor and also preached for the
The second Lutheran pastor was Carl Wilbahn from
Germany, because the German citizens “were unwilling to join the English Church”
(From the Journals of Henry Melchoir Muhlenberg, vol. 2). During the Civil War,
the town became a hospital after the Battle of Antietam and the Lutheran Choir
sang at the burials of those lost after the Battle. After the war, the church remodeled
to add an addition and a basement. The church installed a pipe organ shortly
after the renovation.
The location of the church became an issue, many members
wanted to move. The railroad tracks provided a safety concern for children crossing
the tracks, as well as an irritating train schedule. The Norfolk and Western
train passed by on Sunday right during the pastor’s sermon. So the Ladies Aid
Society began raising the money and bought the current lot on King and High
Street. They laid the corner stone on November 10, 1906, and the church
officially moved in July 1908.