Civil War service to mark Ohio church’s 150th anniversary

October 9, 2012

Salem United Methodist Church in Bloom Township, Ohio, will mark its 150th anniversary Sunday, Oct. 14, with a Civil War-era worship service that will include reenactors representing Union and Confederate soldiers.

Congregants will also be dressed in the clothing style of 1862, with some representing relatives who lived in Bloom Township during the war.

According to a story in the Lancaster Eagle Gazette, soldiers representing both sides of the war will deliver remarks. The first Salem church was a log building which was destroyed in a fire. It was replaced with the current structure that was built by members of the congregation using bricks made at the site.

The event is free but an offering will be taken during the service.

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