Old School Church
In 1772, this place of worship was also the center of the community.
The German Lutheran Meeting House and Burying Ground in Waldoboro, Maine, is one of the oldest in the state. Founded by German Reformed Lutherans in 1772, it was the center of their community. Regular church services as well as weddings, funerals, and community meetings were essential to the survival of the hardy settlers who faced severe hardships in establishing themselves here on the Maine coast. While roaming the cemetery and reading the inscriptions on the headstones, I was moved by the simple statements of faith and devotion that were so obviously an essential part of the lives of these folks. Their faith in God gave them an elevated vision and perspective that enabled them to persevere in spite of their difficulties. The building and burying ground survives today as a testimony to the strength of their character, commitment, and faith.