Pataskala First Presbyterian Church (5/8)  LbNA # 64918

Placed DateJun 18 2013
Location405 S Main St, Pataskala, OH, PATASKALA, OH
Found By Gems.0714
Last Found May 20 2016
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Pataskala Presbyterian Church
The barn of a founding family of this church was its first meeting place. This was in 1837 in the barn on land belonging to the Baird family. At that time it was called the South Fork Presbyterian Church. The Reverend Timothy Howe was the first and longest serving minister. In 1852 a "house of worship" was built across from the Pataskala Cemetery. This later became the Pataskala Presbyterian Church. The property upon which the church currently stands was purchased from Jacob Joseph; the church was officially dedicated in 1870. Changes have included the addition of the current pipe organ purchased by the Berean Sunday School Class in 1922, the renovation of the basement which once held the primary Sunday School Classes, the relocation of the choir loft and the addition of a two-story fellowship hall in 1969. Significant in its sanctuary are the words "God is Love" the subject of many a Sunday School lesson. Each November the congregation pays homage to its Scottish founding as its members are led through the village by bag pipers in traditional dress. Members of the founding Baird family are still members of this congregation. The church was placed on the National Register of Historical Places in 1983.

Clues: Begin in front of the grand red double doors at the front-right of the building. Travel to the left while touring the garden and admiring the flowers. Passing the church’s sign, take a left at the split in the path. Sitting on the metal bench on this trail, look 220° and take 14 steps in this direction to the tree. With your back to the tree, look straight ahead to the corner of the building. Peak inside the cinder block sitting in the garden. This is located at the base of the building. Here you shall find what you seek.

Walk north across the railroad track, passing the gazebo. Cross Front Street then turn right and cross Main Street. Turn left upon reaching the other side and you should see the Mead-Needham sign.