St. John Lutheran Church Ridge Valley 1943.

St. John Lutheran Church Ridge Valley 1943.

Poem written by my Great Grandfather.  There are many more  verses speaking of his love for his  home and family raised at the little corner store with a view of the "spires".

Poem written by my Great Grandfather. There are many more verses speaking of his love for his home and family raised at the little corner store with a view of the "spires".

Ridge Valley Reformed United Church of Christ sanctuary

Ridge Valley Reformed United Church of Christ sanctuary

Walter Emerson Baum. Village of a Ridge Valley, PA 1920.

Walter Emerson Baum. Village of a Ridge Valley, PA 1920.

Ridge Valley postcard.  The Mill was called Hoot's Mill.  It no longer stands, but the dam / pond that fed it still does.  It was on Rocky Dale Road where Ridge Valley Creek intersects with the Road.  The original beautiful dam was covered in cement, no doubt to sure up the aging structure.  There is a mill pond that still exists behind the dam.  John Hoot renovated the Union Church in Ridge Valley, when the Reformed Church renovated (adding the bell tower) the building in 1901.

Ridge Valley postcard. The Mill was called Hoot's Mill. It no longer stands, but the dam / pond that fed it still does. It was on Rocky Dale Road where Ridge Valley Creek intersects with the Road. The original beautiful dam was covered in cement, no doubt to sure up the aging structure. There is a mill pond that still exists behind the dam. John Hoot renovated the Union Church in Ridge Valley, when the Reformed Church renovated (adding the bell tower) the building in 1901.

Tylersport Sunday School.  Today the bell tower is gone, but the building remains.

Tylersport Sunday School. Today the bell tower is gone, but the building remains.

These postcards are rare!   This is from the tourist mecca of Tylersport.  The cigar factory still stands on a Ridge Road.  The 2 hotels were on opposite corners of Allentown and Ridge Roads.  The other photo is of Allentown Road looking north.

These postcards are rare! This is from the tourist mecca of Tylersport. The cigar factory still stands on a Ridge Road. The 2 hotels were on opposite corners of Allentown and Ridge Roads. The other photo is of Allentown Road looking north.

Walter Emerson Baum painting of Ridge Valley Dam (Haring's Dam). There are at least 5 different paintings done of Ridge Valley by this famous impressionist.

Walter Emerson Baum painting of Ridge Valley Dam (Haring's Dam). There are at least 5 different paintings done of Ridge Valley by this famous impressionist.

St. John's Lutheran Church Ridge Valley.  There is what looks like a Model T Ford at the far right.

St. John's Lutheran Church Ridge Valley. There is what looks like a Model T Ford at the far right.

Ridge Valley School. The outhouses were conveniently located.

Ridge Valley School. The outhouses were conveniently located.

St. John's Lutheran Church Ridge Valley.  Notice the fence extends all the way to Finland Road.  There is no parking lot at St. John's because the horses and carriages were kept in the Union Sheds next to the Reformed Church.  The photo was taken from the Godshall store on the corner of Allentown and Finland Roads.

St. John's Lutheran Church Ridge Valley. Notice the fence extends all the way to Finland Road. There is no parking lot at St. John's because the horses and carriages were kept in the Union Sheds next to the Reformed Church. The photo was taken from the Godshall store on the corner of Allentown and Finland Roads.

Ridge Valley Churches and School, from the Union Cemetery (Hetrick Cemetery).  Notice the vistas.  The churches can no longer be seen from this area, due to tree growth. I was told we have more tree cover now (2000+) then at the turn of the century. Most photos I study substantiate this claim.  There is what looks like a tall wooden frame structure in the cemetery to the right, I would love to know what it is.

Ridge Valley Churches and School, from the Union Cemetery (Hetrick Cemetery). Notice the vistas. The churches can no longer be seen from this area, due to tree growth. I was told we have more tree cover now (2000+) then at the turn of the century. Most photos I study substantiate this claim. There is what looks like a tall wooden frame structure in the cemetery to the right, I would love to know what it is.

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