The Bell Tower @ Kreutz Creek Presbyterian Church - Hellam, PA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
N 40° 00.225 W 076° 37.175
18T E 361757 N 4429429
Quick Description: Rising just above the A-frame roof of this 149 year old church and slightly to the rear of the front is a beautiful bell tower with a solid bottom and an open, octagonal-cupola structure featuring the bell.
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 8/17/2009 10:48:46 AM
Waymark Code: WM715C
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 4

Long Description:

Atop the cupola is a copper-like roof, fitted on top of the octagonal structure beneath it which comes to a point like a hat and gives rise to a weathervane, with a golden orb/sphere slightly beneath it. Below has been modified to accept a ramp for handicapped worshippers. These old, more traditional type of country-style bell towers are very prevalent in Hellam/Hallam and in York as well.

This church in the 19th century was known as the Kreutz Creek German Reformed Evangelical Luthern Church and was built in 1860. It looks as much like a school house than a church. Today it is a Presbyterian church.

This very prominent, large dated white stone can be found surrounded by bricks over the front door of this very old church. The stone sits in a small rectangular area of recessed bricks, kind of like a brick frame within the brick facade. It reads

Kreutz Creek Reformed
Evangelical Lutheran Church
Built A.D. 1860.

Above this date stone is a large window with side lights and a beautiful fan light on top. The brick is nicely off set by white shutters. Rising above the A-frame roof, is this bell tower.

Back in the old days one could pull off of Lincoln Highway, travel down a small dirt road to get to this church. Since then, the Highway has been widened, and that stretch of the Lincoln Highway (about 50 yards away) is called Rt. 30 and is HUGE!. The entrance has been eliminated so this church has a weird, out of the way road leading to it off of Market Street, also known as Lincoln Highway. It feels like a cul-de-sac, and for the most part it is.

Made entirely of gorgeous red brick, it has five windows in front and a very large front door. Considering the huge German population here and the wave of immigrants that settled here from Germany, this church's existence is certainly no surprise.

There is a smaller, similar but more recent structure off to the side which is presumable some kind of school associated with the church. To the left, of the unpaved, gray gravel road is a single modernish residence with parking dogs which scared the cr@p out of me! I was disappointed to find no mention of this church is the various Lincoln Highway books. The church was constructed a full 60 years before the construction of the highway and by the time the books were written, the "exit" had long been abandoned.

The Kreutz Creek Valley Preservation Society, located in Hellam Township within Hallam Borough, lists this church and several others on its page. This area is no longer called Kreutz Creek, but Hellam. The names and boundaries around these parts are all very confusing, even to locals who cannot agree.

Address of Tower:
85 Old Church Lane
Hellam, PA USA
17406


Still Operational: yes

Number of bells in tower?: 1

Relevant website?: [Web Link]

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Tours or visits allowed in tower?: Unknown

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