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“A hidden surprise”

Moravian Church Square
Ranked #4 of 28 things to do in Lititz
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Owner description: The center for Moravian life and culture in Lititz, the square holds the Brother and Sister Houses (men and women were separated in the congregation) as well as the original church, erected in 1787.
Reviewed September 4, 2013

For those of you wanting to really understand the Moravians, visit the archives (open Fridays and Saturdays). The docent will give you an excellent understanding of their philosophy and community in Lititz and around the world.

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Reviewed June 19, 2013

I took my children there a long time ago. We all had a great time, but we all love history too. This is small town history at its finest. The tour guide was a riot...dressed in period clothes too. She made the history of the Moravian's come alive with the lively stories. Their gift shop across the way was awesome too.

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Reviewed April 6, 2013

So much history, quaint museum which boasts a letter from George Washington. Always learn something new each time I go!

1  Thank Dawn V
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

This stunning beautiful church (and surrounding buildings) were established by immigrants from the Czech Republic of Moravia and Germany. Definitely worth a visit to view the 17th and 18th structures. The Church is located across the street from the Julius Sturgis Pretzel attraction. Adjacent to the Church is the LInden Hall School for Girls, established in 1746 for daughters of missionaries to Indians. It is the oldest continuously operating school for girls in the USA, predating the Church and the town of Lititz.

The history of the Church is that in 1742, Count Nicholas Ludwig von Zinzendorf, the leader and organizer of the modern day Moravian Church, stopped and preached at a tavern near here. He was searching for a tract of land to establish a religious community similar to two others established in PA. By 1755, a settlement of Moravians was established here in Lititz.

In addition to wandering around, I stopped at the gift shop - very nice with some unique items. The friendly woman working there answered all my questions and provided me with a couple of free pamphlets about Moravians (without trying to push any religious agenda).

The most interesting one was titled "So, What are Moravians and why have I heard so little about them..."!

A couple of cool factoids:

1. Oldest international Protestant denomination, founded in 1457. Their doctrines predate Martin Luther's by 50+ years.

2. Founded in Moravia (now part of Czech republic). They were almost entirely wiped out in early to mid 1600's, but ultimately found refuge with Count von Zinzendorf in Saxony (Germany).

3. 80% of the world's Moravians are "people of color"

4. 70%+ of the world's Moravians are located in Tanzania

Lititz (originally spelt Litz) was the name of an old gothic castle located in Bohemia (Czech Republic) near the Moravia border.

Behind the Church is the old cemetery, which is worth walking to. Buried there (but somewhat apart) is General John Sutter (famous for the California Gold Rush). The California Gold Rush ruined his land and ultimately bankrupted him. As his wife only spoke German, and his granddaughters attended Linden Hall, he moved to Lititz. There is a very interesting story about his gravesite which has a six foot wall constructed below ground.

This place is definitely worth a stop as a respite to the more touristy (crowds, shopping, etc.) Lititz. Very peaceful, serene and beautiful.

10  Thank CynthiafromOhio2011
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

The church is quaint and interesting--was getting ready for a Moravian wedding that afternoon we visited. The woman in the gift shop was informative sharing briefly the religion and the significance of the Moravian star.

5  Thank redcarnations208
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