[Daily article] August 20: Old Pine Church

Old Pine Church is a mid-19th-century church near Purgitsville, West
Virginia. It is among the earliest remaining log churches in Hampshire
County, along with Capon Chapel and Mount Bethel Church. Constructed in
1838 to serve as a nondenominational church, it may also have been built
as a meeting place for Schwarzenau Brethren adherents, known as
“Dunkers” or “Dunkards”. The church probably hosted German Methodist
settlers as well. By 1870, most services were for the Brethren
denomination, and in 1878, the church’s congregation split into White
Pine Church of the Brethren and Old Pine Church congregations. Both
continued to use the church until 1907. Old Pine Church reportedly
housed a school in the early 20th century while still serving as a
center for worship. In 1968, residents of the Purgitsville community
raised funds to restore the church. It was added to the National
Register of Historic Places in 2012 for its “significant settlement-era
rural religious architecture in the Potomac Highlands.”
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Today’s selected anniversaries:


The adopted son of Roman emperor Augustus Agrippa Postumus, was
executed by his guards while in exile under mysterious circumstances.


War of the Spanish Succession: The Spanish-Bourbon army
commanded by the Marquis de Bay was soundly defeated by a multinational
army led by the Austrian commander Guido Starhemberg.


The 1812 Overture by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
was first performed at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow.


NS Savannah, the first nuclear-powered cargo-passenger ship,
made her maiden voyage.


The Al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory in Sudan was destroyed by a
missile attack launched by the United States in retaliation for the
August 7 US embassy bombings.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

(zoology) An animal that feeds on pollen; a palynivore.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  The centermost processes of the brain with which consciousness is
presumably associated are simply not understood. They are so far beyond
our comprehension that no one I know of has been able to imagine their
–Roger Wolcott Sperry

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