Abandoned St. Paul's Mission Church - Douglassville, PA
Updated: Nov 2, 2021
We came across this abandoned church while driving to French Creek State Park. It was the first Catholic Church in the area. It is estimated that it was built in the 1840s on land donated by Irish immigrant and wealthy farmer, Henry Flannery, whose former home still stands across the street. The first smaller church was built about 1843.
There are around 400 graves around the church (mostly unmarked) and also more in the field behind the church. Most buried closest to the church are those of the Flannery, Ryan and other Irish immigrant families. Henry Flannery who died in 1876 is buried close to the church.
Those buried outside the walls in the field are Italian immigrants and iron and railroad workers. A large number of people buried there are victims of the 1918 flu pandemic.
It is also said that 7 runaway slaves who made it to the Flannery home via the Underground Railroad are also buried in this cemetery.
Two of the most recent burials is Sean Flannery (2010), a staff sergeant who was killed while on patrol in Afghanistan and Dr. Richard P. Flannery (2021), a teacher and accomplished writer.
Located on: Douglas Drive, Douglassville, PA