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The angel statue in the graveyard that looks over the church and the town of Foxburg, Pennsylvania.

The bowed head of a somber angel guards the historical church and the first known golf course in the United States.

The Memorial Church of our Father, Foxburg, built in 1881 by the Fox Family, is a representation of
the brilliancy of the angel churches of Europe and the late 1800's of Pennsylvania History.

"The church has won national recognition as one of the finest examples of architectural design in this part of the country," explains Melanie Lowrey, the present Vicar's wife.

The angel statue in the graveyard that looks over the church and town of Foxburg, Pennsylvania.

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********Medium size stones build to Gothic arches and a steeple. The stones are a mixture of dark cream and gray, which create a nice soft look for the outside. "Constructed of native sandstone, the interior is covered in a white coating of ash. Traceries of the windows and the carved pedestals for the roof arches are fashioned of Ohio sandstone in contrasting darker colors," Lowrey says.

From Philadelphia's Germantown to Emlenton in Western Pennsylvania, the Fox family build a summer mansion with a spectacular view of the Allegheny and Clarion Rivers. Originally members of the Quakers, the Foxes became Episcopalian.
"In 1881, ground was broken and cornerstone of the church was laid by Joseph M. Fox on July 4th," according to church history.

The church design is based on a church Mrs. Fox remembered in England. The painting of the "Angel of the Resurrection" above the alter is the work of a noted artist of the time, Edwin H. Blashfied.

Swirling angel wings and angel heads form the stain glass windows. "The wooden ceiling resembles the nave of a ship with curved rafters shaping down to the stone walls," Lowrey explains further.

With Gothic arches, angels on the inside and outside, and even the original stables in the back, this church is a treat for any sightseer.

The Memorial Church of our Father, Episcopal welcomes anyone to celebrate the Lord's Supper at 10:00 AM in Foxburg, Pennsylvania.******

Note: Article Appeared in Pittsburgh's Expression Newspaper as "Small Church Holds Unique Treasures" by Renee D. Rottman in October 2000 Issue on page 6.

Above: Left back window of Church.

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