The Friends of the Old Stone Church invite the public to their 2019 Christmas Service on Saturday, December 14, 2018 at 4:00 pm. The service will take place in the Old Stone Church, located at 3507 180th Street, Muscatine, Iowa, one and one-half miles north of Wild Cat Den State Park.
The Friends of the Old Stone Church fully restored this historic church, originally built by the county’s early settlers. In 1867, a group of pioneers of German heritage needed a place of worship for their German Methodist Episcopal congregation. Their faith led them to hand quarry the stone near Pine Creek, one-half mile to the west, and build the church themselves.
After the congregation abandoned the church in 1910, it had many uses, including as a machine shop and a storage area for oats and hay. It slowly deteriorated. Eventually, people abandoned the building entirely.
In 2006, the Friends of the Old Stone Church formed to restore the church. After several years of work, they reopened the church. They then held a Christmas service there in 2010, the first event held in the restored church. The service also marked one hundred years since the church’s last use.
Today, the Friends of the Old Stone Church, a 501(c)(3) non-profit and part of the Muscatine Area Heritage Association, rent it to families and groups for a variety of uses. To make a donation to support ongoing maintenance or to get more information about using the church for an event, such as a wedding, contact John Scott, Friends of the Old Stone Church President, by phone at (563)-299-8205, or email him at [email protected]