Saturday, July 24, 2010


Here's a book for lovers of architecture and history. Marilyn Setzler, Carroll county native and curator of the local historical museum, became interested in accounts of local church history. The oldest wood-frame church is First Presbyterian in Arcadia (1879) and is still in use. The oldest brick church is St. Bernard in Breda (1888).
She discovered records of the cost and sources of building materials and labor--even, in some cases, the number of horse hours devoted to building a church.
Setzler also discusses the history of each Carroll County church and records present-day structures, windows, and sanctuaries in glowing color. This is a beautiful book to be enjoyed for the photographs alone.

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