Zion Reformed Lutheran Cemetery

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Zion Reformed Lutheran Cemetery
Also known as:  Zion Ridge Cemetery

The Zion Reformed Lutheran Cemetery is located on the south side of High Point Road, east of OH-13, outside Thornville, Ohio (Thorn Township, Perry County). The coordinates are 39° 51' 19.49" N, 82° 23' 35.69" W.
Historical Plaque:
ZION REFORMED CHURCH
Zion (Ribel's) Church was built on this site in 1808. The log structure was located in the Zion Ridge Cemetery, adjacent to the first school in Thorn Township. The congregation of Zion Reformed Church is the oldest in Perry County still in existence. The church was officially organized in 1806 when the German Reformed and Lutheran congregations joined together in building the first church in Perry County. They purchased this land on June 30, 1806, and shared the building, alternating Sundays, until 1911. In 1803, Reverend Johannes Christian Koenig (John King) became the first minister to settle in Perry County and became the founding minister for the German Reformed Congregation. In 1805, Reverend Wilhelm Georg Forster (William Foster) was the first Lutheran minister to settle in Perry County and was the founding minister for the Lutherans. The present Zion Reformed Church was built across the street from the original church in 1910.

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GPS Coordinates: 39.85542, -82.39325

  • Added: 25 Nov 2006
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2198000