1806 Old Log Church - Schellsburg, PA
Updated: Sep 7, 2022
The 1806 Old Log Church, Schellsburg, PA is the oldest standing church in Bedford County and located on Route 30, Lincoln Highway.
The church was built on 6 acres of land donated by John Schell, a German immigrant who founded Schellsburg. Mr. Schell received a land grant for his Revolutionary War service.
The church is 25 x 30 feet and two stories high. Originally worshippers sat on logs - pews were installed in 1812. In 1809 a pot belly stove was installed. It is said that worshippers brought their dogs along to keep their feet warm!
The original church was called the Union Church and served both Lutheran and Reformed congregations. The church was last used in 1851.
The cemeteries that surround the church are Chestnut Ridge and Schellsburg Union Cemetery. The church is on the National Registry of Historic Places which allowed grant money to be obtained which helped to repair headstones and have them waterproofed.
Since this was an unplanned stop on our way to the Flight 93 Memorial we were unaware that the church is open for visitors. There will definitely be a return trip.
We made a return trip to the Old Log Church and this time was able to go inside.