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[photo] Friedensfeld Midlands and Moravian Church and Manse
Photo courtesy of Department of Planning and Natural Resources, Division for Archaeology & Historic Preservation; T. Vanterpool, photographer

Friedensfeld (Field of Peace) was the third Moravian mission on St.Croix. In 1807, the Brethren acquired six acres from Estate Mon Bijou. Although a foundation stone was laid in 1807, construction was delayed due to the disruptions caused by the 1807-1815 British occupation of the Virgin Islands, a result of Denmark allying with Great Britain's enemy, Emperor Napoleon I of France. The church was completed and dedicated on February 12, 1819. By 1854, the church had a congregation of more than 2,000, and today, the building is still used by a small and active congregation. The church is a fine combination of Gothic and Classical revival elements and is one of the largest frame buildings on the islands. The two-and-a-half story manse, where the clergy lived, lies about 75 feet northwest of the church. Its construction date is unknown, but the manse may predate the church by 50 years or more.

The Friedensfeld Midlands and Moravian Church and Manse are located more than two miles west of Christiansted, St. Croix Island, U.S. Virgin Islands. Call 340-778-2524 for more information. The Church and Parsonage have also been documented by the Historic American Buildings Survey.



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