Abraham Lincoln was in his first
his presidency when this church was built in 1861.
In that year the Transcontinental
Telegraph was completed connecting the eastern part
of the United States
with California. Also the United States government
issued the first paper
money by acts passed in the year of 1861. The
population of our country in
that year was 32,351,000. Eleven southern states
succeeded from the Union
taking over 9,000,000 people to form the Confederacy
to being the Great Civil
War on April 12, 1861. More than 600,000 Americans
would die during the four-year
Our United States Flag had 33 stars when Abraham
our 16th president. It is hard to believe that one
human being could still
legally own another human being when this church was
built. The Emancipation
Proclamation freeing the slaves wouldn't happen
until January 1, 1863.
The earliest known church members were Jacob and
(Stahl) Weimer in the year of 1842. More early
members were Peter and Lanah
(Phillippi) Zufall and Johan and Sarah (Phillippi)
Enfield in 1843. Lanah
and Sarah were sisters. Before this church building
was built, the members
would have met in each other's homes.
One wonders if the name Mt. Union was in honor of
of the United States. John and Roseanne Zufall sold
1/2 acre of land to build
the Mt. Union Church for $15.00. The deed was
recorded on October 7, 1861.
The church is 30 x 40 with a seating capacity of 150
persons. The timber
is hand hewn and hand planed. Peter Zufall was known
as a master carpenter.
He built the pews you are sitting on. His son,
William, built the pulpit.
Many of the glass panes in the windows are the
original glass from 1861.
Notice the waves and bubbles in the glass that was
very common in glass making
at that time.
The Turkeyfoot Trail Road, the road between the
the cemetery, was the original road that connected
Confluence and the southern
end of Somerset County with the county seat at
Somerset. All of history passed
by this [church] for many years.
Over the years, many great revivals were held
with as many
as 100 persons in attendance. Some of the church
members remember when the
church was full for these services.
Before 1912, Mt. Union was on the Rockwood
Charge. Mt. Union
was always called the "Mother Church" for it was the
After 1912, Mt. Union was on the Casselman charge
with the following churches:
Casselman, Mt. Zion, and Markleton. In 1946, the
United Brethren in Christ,
which Mt. Union always was, and the Evangelical
Church merged together to
make the Evangelical United Brethren Church or as
they were called, the E.
U. B. Church. Around that time the Harnedsville
Church was added to the charge
to make 5 churches on the charge.
United States Congressman J. Buel Snyder donated
to have the electric lighting installed in the
church in the early 1940's.
His childhood home was the farm just below the
church. J. Buel was
the grandson of Peter and Lanah Zufall, early
members of the church.
The Evangelical United Brethren Church merged
with the Methodist
Church in 1968 to create the United Methodist
Church. Because of decreasing
membership the small congregation could no longer
continue having church.
The Mt. Union United Methodist Church closed it's
doors in 1970. Several
years after the closing of the church, the Leaphart
Family began to make
plans to buy the church and form the Mt. Union
Church Association Incorporated.
Today, this group maintains this church for special
services, weddings and
This church is solely maintained through
donations. If you
would like to make a donation, please send it to C.
Brocht, 1428 Casselman
Road, Rockwood, PA 15557 or call 814-926-3142. Any
gift is greatly appreciated.
Thank you for visiting the church. It is our
prayer that you
will always find a blessing here and that you will
come to visit us again
Written 7/2003 by C. Brocht