Mauck Meeting House (Mill Creek Church) - Hamburg VA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member La de Boheme
N 38° 39.494 W 078° 30.788
17S E 716389 N 4281785
Quick Description: A meeting house built by the first Mennonites in the Shenandoah Valley was also used as a Baptist church.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 11/25/2011 6:25:34 PM
Waymark Code: WMD6A6
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
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Long Description:
The Mauck Meeting House was built by the Mennonites in the Shenandoah valley during the 1700s. The first settlers into the area frequently held religious services and gatherings in private homes, but by 1740, they decided to build a meeting house where all could attend meetings and formal church services. The history is sketchy, some sources say that the current meeting house or Mill Creek Church was actually built, or restored, c. 1797 by a group organized as the Mill Creek Baptist Church. Even though Daniel Mauck, who owned the land, is sometimes attributed with building the original meeting house, it is more likely that he was instrumental in its renovation.¹

According to the Page County Heritage AssociationClick for list of names to open in new window, the Mauck Meeting House was used by the Baptists from 1790 to 1899. In 1851, the exterior log walls were covered with white weatherboards and roofed with chestnut shingles. Heat was provided by a large stove made at the local iron furnace. The chimney and tin roof were installed later.² It was renovated sometime after 1959 when the weatherboards were removed and the log walls were restored.³

The Mauck Meeting House/Mill Creek Church was added to the NRHP in 1976. There is a Virginia Historic Landmark plaque mounted on the outside wall to the right of the front door. It is located in the small town of Hamburg just off Rt. 211 in Luray. The grounds are available anytime, but the building is locked and shuttered.

¹ The Mill Creek Church (Mauck Meeting House) - Click for link to open in new window Part I: A History of the Mauck Meeting House
² Click for link to open in new window PCHA Museums
³ Mill Creek Church, op. cit., Part I

Additional Resources:

Street address:
Rt. 766 (Hamburg Rd)
Off US 211
Hamburg, VA USA

County / Borough / Parish: Page County

Year listed: 1976

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering

Periods of significance: 1825-1849

Historic function: Religion

Current function: Religion, Vacant/Not In Use, Work In Progress

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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