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The Keyhole Building and Church

Images by Tom McLaughlin (March 1976) and text by Rich Tygert.

The following description of the above two buildings was provided by Rich Tygert, current director of the River Ridge Farm: These are photos of two buildings on the River Ridge property. Both buildings were close to each other up on top of the hill (see the right hand image below) in the area developed by the White Fathers of Africa. The white chapel used to be the Bredinsburg Methodist Church which was originally located about 1/4 mile towards Franklin from the Osenider Rd entrance. It was slated to be demolished back in the mid 70’s. Some of the locals preferring not to see it demolished donated it to Life Ministries. My father, director at the time, agreed to move it on a trailer bed to its present location. We use it as a chapel for retreat groups. The photo shows it in an un-restored state.

As for the Arabic looking building (we always called it the keyhole building), that was a shrine that the White Fathers built. They had a building close to it that they used for fundraising dinners etc., we have since converted it into a alternate retreat facility for smaller groups. This shrine had candle stands and a offering implement made out of an old rear axle complete with the pumpkin. Some trails leading out from this location had the seven stations of the cross in the woods behind the structure. It was severely deteriorated and demolished about 8 years ago. A picnic pavilion has been built on the same concrete slab for present use.

The Little Church on the Hill

The following images were taken by William L. Passauer and are of the above church as of September 2010.