Mar 11



The Conewago Chapel, 1787. This view is from the west facing east at approximately 4:15 PM on Tuesday, March 11, 2008.

The Gettysburg Daily stopped by the Conewago Chapel Tuesday afternoon. This Catholic Church structure is located in Edge Grove, Conewago Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania. The Conewago Chapel, officially known as Sacred Heart Basilica is located 12 miles east of Gettysburg, two miles north of McSherrystown, and four miles south of New Oxford.



Conewago Chapel was entered on the list of National Register of Historic Places in 1975. View from the west facing east. Approximately 4:15 PM on Tuesday, March 11, 2008.



The first Conewago Chapel was a log structure built in 1741 and enlarged in 1768. Because the congregation carried over 1000 members on its rolls, a new building was needed. This stone building was began in 1785 and finished in 1787. View from the northeast looking southwest at approximately 4:15 PM on Tuesday, March 11, 2008.



Conewago Chapel is the oldest Catholic Church building in the United States built of stone. View from east facing west. Approximately 4:15 PM on Tuesday, March 11, 2008.



Some of the headstones from the Conewago Chapel Cemetery are in the foreground. The cemetery opened in 1752. View from the southeast facing northwest. Approximately 4:15 PM on Tuesday, March 11, 2008.


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