The Saint Severin Old Log Church in Clearfield County is a well-preserved example of mid-19th century “frontier” architecture.
Projecting an image that is both holy yet austere, Saint Severin is an interesting trip back in time and well worth a visit.
Saint Severin Old Log Church FAQs
5 miles north of the Kylertown exit of Interstate 80, along Route 53.
Yes – use GPS coordinates 41.03181, -78.11044.
24 feet wide, 45 feet deep.
Severin Nebel, who donated the land the church was built on.
He in turn was named after the Roman Catholic Saint Severin of Bordeaux.
It is one of the few surviving log churches that has a cupola/steeple.
Around 1880, when a larger church was built nearby.
Visiting the Saint Severin Old Log Church
The Saint Severin Old Log Church is open to visitors, and there is a lockbox for donations to offset maintainence costs located behind the last row of pews.
The altar is one of the most unique I’ve personally encountered in an old church.
There’s also a balcony at the top of a narrow staircase.
The German Catholic immigrants that settled this area (known as Cooper Settlement) had a close connection to the Earth and their religion, and this log structure symbolizes both.
At 170 years old, the Saint Severin Old Log Church in Clearfield County is still a shining example of frontier spirit and architecture, a humble structure that was the heart of an immigrant community in mid-19th century Pennsylvania.
The 1806 Old Log Church in Bedford County is another fine example of a 19th century Pennsylvania log church, located right along the historic Lincoln Highway.
McGees Mills Covered Bridge is the last remaining covered bridge in Clearfield County.
Bilger’s Rocks in central Clearfield County is a 300 million year-old attraction often described as “Pennsylvania’s Best Rock Outcropping”.
The Pennsylvania elk herd is alive and well in Clearfield County, and you’ll find several nearby locations in my list of The 15 Best Elk Viewing Destinations in Pennsylvania.
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