Asperum Collem Mass House

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Asperum Collem Mass House

Greenawald, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA
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The cemetery is also known as "Christian Henrich or Henry Mass House and cemetery burial" The old house was once
known as Dietrich's Hotel. The original older log house was once next to the pond. The log house was used while the stone house was being built before 1760. The log house was turned into a distillery at one time then torn down in the 1990's. It was thought that the old log cabin was used to house the visiting priests on their visits before the building of the stone house.

Christian Henrich Mass House is also known as "Asperum Collem" or "Mons Acutus" Also known as "Spitzenberg". The tombstones have been removed from the location but the house is still there with the original brickwork of the 1760's.

This site is also known in the Goshenhoppen records of the Sacraments performed at this location by visiting priests.

There are over 100 unknown burials.

Most of the tombstones are gone or were broken.

The last of the tombstones lay near a base of a tree that once had a Beehive above. Update note: Back in 1988 a stone base made out of old broken tombstones held a beehive.

"The burial site was presumably in the field on the hill above the home. This field is to the northeast of the home and the garage. It is thought the burial ground may have stretched all the way down the hill almost to the roadbed at one time as the entire hill had been cleared, but it is all grown up now. This hilly area is to the southeast of the garage. The tombstones had probably been removed when the field was used for crops; some of the farmers wouldn't have had as much respect for the stones then as we would now and would have viewed the stones as impediments to their tilling of the field." (Information provided by Margaret Cole through the late Grace Henninger from her stories of the Henry Farm in 2009).

"Apparently there was a rainstorm at one time that washed a gully along the side of the barn, which is on the opposite side of the road to the house. This big gully wash occurred because someone had plowed to much soil, resulting in erosion. Apparently the tombstones are down in the gully where it washed away next to the barn; however, we do not know which side of the barn or where the wash had occurred." (Information provided by Margaret Cole through the late Grace Henninger from her stories of the Henry Farm in 2009)

Update note: Possibly Hurrican floods of Diane in 1955?

The small ancillary cellar near the pond may have had a spring channel which was a lined trench with a stream that ran through it at one time for cold storage and fresh water.

Update note: The small ancillary cellar building near the pond may have actually be the corner stone of a school or church house.

From 1766 to 1785 there were 60 baptisms performed in this Mass house location. The surnames of these families are: Biverts, Bibers, Eckenroth, Finck, Fink, Fischer, Grate, Greth, Greenawald, Hill, Henrich, Henry, Hart, Hert, Kase, Keffer, Kuhns, Lawrence, Lorenz, Moore, Rodger, Rogers, Stahler, Schlosser, Weber, and Weibel.



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GPS Coordinates: 40.59404, -75.86438

  • Added: 16 Jan 2008
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2246060