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St. Peter's Church

St. Peter's Church paranormal

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Location submitted by: sdonley on 07/27/2017
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St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia occupies a prominent location on the heights above Harpers Ferry.

110 Church St
Harpers Ferry , WV 25425
Phone: (304) 725-5558
Open to the public: Yes

http://www.historicharpersferry.com...

Lat: 39.322655
Lon: -77.73161600000003

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Demographic Rank: 6
History: 1
Stories: 1
Claims: 4
Evidence: 0
Resources: 6
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History

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Construction on the St. Peter's Catholic church began in 1830 and was completed around 1833. It was the third church built in Harpers Ferry, and sat on land previously owned by Robert Harper. Over the years, it has been enlarged and renovated, but has been in continuous use since the late 1800s.

During the Civil War, St. Peter's was the only church to survive the fighting. Father Costello is accredited with this feat. He chose to stay with his church throughout the war, and whenever fighting started up, he'd fly the British flag over the church. Fearing an international incident, neither side ever fired on the church. The church WAS used as a hospital, however, and Father Costello himself helped care for patients.

Added by: sdonley on 07/27/2017 DB#:291
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Stories

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Harper's Ferry locals have claimed to see the apparition of a priest standing outside the church.

Locals have also claimed to hear disembodied screams and voices of soldiers who died or were wounded there during the Civil War.

Also, a young wounded Civil War soldier was waiting to be taken into the church to be treated. Legends say that the young man said, "Thank God I'm Saved" as he went over the threshold of the church and died. Harper's Ferry locals say that there is a golden glow in the threshold of the church observed by some visitors. Some folks have also heard a disembodied voice say, "Thank God, I'm saved."

Added by: sdonley on 07/27/2017 DB#:1245
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2395 07/27/2017 sdonley An apparition of a priest has been seen standing outside the church.
2396 07/27/2017 sdonley People have heard disembodied screams and voices coming from the church.
2397 07/27/2017 sdonley People have heard someone saying "Thank God, I'm saved."
2398 07/27/2017 sdonley People have seen a golden glow coming form the threshold of the church.

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History of St. Peter's Catholic Church & School, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
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Great historical reference for this location.
Wikipedia Entry
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Entry for this location on Wikipedia.
Harpers Ferry and Loudoun Valley Archaeology, 1862 Photograph
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St. Peter's Church and School House Close-up Detail, circa. 1862 The image below is an excerpt from a photograph taken sometime in the period of the Battle of Antietam, in September or October of 1862.
St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church (Harpers Ferry, West Virginia)
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St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church (Harpers Ferry, West Virginia)Church ยท Landmark & Historical Place4.
Rev Michael A. Costello (183 : 867) : Find A Grave...
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St. Peter's Catholic Church, Harpers Ferry
Added: 06/26/2018 By: sdonley
Construction on the St. Peter's Catholic church began in 1830 and was completed around 1833. It was the third church built in Harpers Ferry, and sat on land previously owned by Robert Harper. Over the years, it has been enlarged and renovated, but has been in continuous use since the late 1800s.

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