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There is something about this image that tugs at my hearts strings. A few years ago the church re-opened
The (formerly Lutheran) church was built in the 1872 and was moved from Haw Creek to Henkel Square Historic District in Round Top where it is now serving as a wedding chapel. Haw Creek, 5 miles southeast of Round Top, was settled by German immigrants about 1870. By 1958, only this church and a cemetery remained. The church, which also served as a school (a portion of the wall were painted black to be used as a blackboard) and meeting house, reflects German architecture and is listed on the National Registrar of Historic Places. The church bell was cast sometime in 1880s in New York. It is engraved with, “ich rufe die lebenden zur kirche und die totenzum grabe.” In English: “I call the living to church and dead to the grave.” The bell has two ropes, a thicker rope to call the living to church, and a thinner rope to be used when a person died. When a person died the bell was clapped once for each year of life of the deceased person. The church was relocated sometime in the 60s by by Houston philanthropists Charles and Faith Bybee.
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