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Open house planned at historic Pa. church

October 14, 2008

Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church will be open to the public Friday and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m., during the 35th annual Fulton Fall Folk Festival in Fulton County, Pa.

Visitors to Fulton County's oldest church, which was organized about 1745, can view signatures of Union troops hospitalized there from January 1862 through early March 1862, following Gen. Stonewall Jackson's bombardment of Hancock.

On Friday, John Mentzer, author of the recently published book "Tonoloway - If Its Walls Could Talk," a documentation of the Civil War signatures and the history and restoration of the church, will be on hand to talk about the signatures and his research. Mentzer will give slide presentations at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Tonoloway is just north of the Mason-Dixon Line along Pa. 655 (Thompson Road) in Fulton County.

Friends of Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to restore and preserve the church as an historic site and a place of worship.

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