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“Much more than Tiffany Glass!”

Emmanuel Episcopal Church
Wilton, California
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1,308 reviews
644 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 778 helpful votes
“Much more than Tiffany Glass!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2013

When we got to Cumberland we stopped at the visitor center and one of the things we were told was this is another Episcopal church with Tiffany Windows. (We saw Trinity Episcopal in Buffalo, New York's windows previously). But as we studied the information about the church, and it's location within the Fort Cumberland's grounds, and it's intricate and deep connections to the Underground Railroad we were just awestruck at it's beauty and fullness of Spirit. The cooperation between escaped slave Samuel Denison and Rev. David Buel made this church part of the last stop for slaves moving north before hitting the Mason Dixon line. What a fascinating history. But then, there are the windows! When you enter the sanctuary and look around you have no problem identifying those exquisite Tiffany windows. The rear windows and the altar windows are more in his traditional style, but the Rizpah Window over the South Door goes more into an art deco design, unique and wonderful. The sanctuary itself is an architectural treat. Just a lovely experience to be in this holy building where great history was made.

Visited August 2013
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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388 reviews
84 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
“Must see in western Maryland. Art, history and more ...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2012

We came to see the Tiffany stained glass windows. They are truly beautiful; but there is so much more. It's not only the Tiffany windows that are wonderful, but also the other stained glass and furnishings.
We arrived after a Sunday service and the staff was very warm and friendly. They offered to show us around. (They have a wonderful self-guided walking tour brochure that you should use to see all the items.) Our "guide" even took us downstairs to the foundations, where Fort Cumberland stood in George Washington's day and where there are still parts of the tunnels for this final leg of the Civil War era Underground Railroad. It was awesome to be in a place where history intersected many times.
The Church architecture is classic. The organ looks and sounds fabulous. The handmade needlepoint kneeler covers are a beautiful classic touch - and a testament to the involvement of the parishoners in keeping this Church beautiful and alive.
Do not miss this if you are anywhere near Cumberland.

Visited September 2012
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LaVale, Maryland
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196 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“The Most Beautiful Church In Town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2012

This church is really beautiful, I do not attend this church, but I have visited on some occasions, the outside is amazing and same with the inside it is well organized it's small, but it is really nice and a piece of history. Never been through the tunnels before, but a lot of people love going through!!! I am proud to call this church part of my hometown!!! My advice to travelers if you ever visit Cumberland please come see this church.

Visited June 2012
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Jarrestville, Maryland
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89 reviews
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“We missed the service but........”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2012

We left the Baltimore area in time to attend the service at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Cumberland, Maryland, but forgot to turn our clocks back the night before so we missed the service. But the Father and many members were still there when we arrived and were very kind and showed us around the church, including the underground tunnels. They also have some beautiful "Tiffany" windows in the church. This is a stop for history and Christian fellowship.

Bruce H. Roush, Jr.

Visited March 2012
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