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  1. Lee Richards
    August 27, 2015 @ 8:17 am

    You always find fascinating stories to tell! FYI – in the third paragraph, I think you intended “Trinity” instead of “Trilogy.”

    • Chris
      August 27, 2015 @ 8:29 am

      Ooph! πŸ™ Good eye Lee! Fixed. I need to hire an editor I think!

      Glad you enjoyed this one!

  2. kmSalvatore
    August 27, 2015 @ 9:45 am

    Very kool Chris

    • Chris
      August 27, 2015 @ 1:27 pm

      Thanks Kathy!

  3. revec2015
    August 27, 2015 @ 12:57 pm

    Chris, what about the white cross next to the epilogue? I don’t see any reference to this in your article. Very interesting post- the article evokes a certain quality hard to put into words. These markers were all about something that used to be there but isn’t now; or, something not currently in use. The co-existence of the present and the past. I wondered how many people in the Wayland area even know these things are there, or how they came to be.

    • Chris
      August 27, 2015 @ 1:30 pm


      That photo is the ‘2nd station cross’ that I mentioned Landino put up at St. Joseph’s Church. I probably didn’t do a good job of linking that point to that photo. I’ll see if I can figure out a way to make that clearer.

      I also probably didn’t tell the story of the iron cross well enough. I need a good editor! πŸ˜‰ The iron cross at the top of Calvary Hill, as well the 2nd station cross at St. Joe’s is still actually used each year on Good Friday while they do the walk. Though, from what I hear, the attendance recently has been closer to 40-50 people.

  4. Treva Stone Walker
    August 28, 2015 @ 7:38 am

    I believe the third cross on Ashley Road was there when I moved in right over the hill on Walker road in January ’99. I had always wondered if there was any connection to the many sets of three wooden crosses you can find along the roadside planted by Bernard Coffindaffer.

    • Chris
      August 28, 2015 @ 10:11 am

      That’s great info! Thanks Treva for helping to put the story together!

  5. Alan Howard
    August 28, 2015 @ 10:03 am

    As far as the stone cross is concerned, it is my family’s posted signs you see around it, if you had just looked at the address on the sign you could have drove up acomb rd and ask about what history I have uncovered. The current stone cross was built by Ferdinand Morsch, with help from Bert Dudley and Lawrence Hoffman, in 1946 (took them about 10 days), as a promise to his mother to mark the area where she had attended church. In the Mid 90’s the grandson of Ferdinand Morsch stucko’ed the stone cross to repair and prolong the life of the monument. Also in 1986 Bishop Mathew Clarke of Rochester, held a televised commemoration for the 150 year, at this time they moved the headstones to the Perkinsville cemetery. As for the church itself it was the only church for the area at the time (early 1800’s) and served Protestant and Catholic’s, and had parishioners all the way from Bath attending it on horse and buggy( an all day trip), not verified but a group of nuns told me some history that they knew, when visiting the site. As for upkeep of the site, this gets to be hard when the youth of the area use it as a party place. I have spent many days as a child cleaning up beer cans and tires and have continued as a adult to clean the area, just gets daunting at times. Recently I have got the town to mow the area around the cross when they mow the roadsides, because of the broken bottles shredding my lawn mowers tires I stopped mowing it.

    • Chris
      August 28, 2015 @ 10:16 am

      That’s awesome info, thanks Alan for sharing that!! When I’m in an area I’m not familiar with I try not to tread too heavily on to property where I’m not allowed, so I didn’t even get close enough to the Posted signs to see an address. There were also a bunch of State Troopers in the area, so I figured hanging around too long wasn’t in my best interest. πŸ™‚

      Thanks for maintaining such a cool piece of history and helping to add to the story here online!!

    • Jason
      February 20, 2018 @ 3:02 pm

      Alan- Thank you for having maintained it over the years. Ferdinand Morsch was my Gr. Uncle. I was able to drive my grandmother there to see the handy-work of her “Uncle Fritz” as he was known, shortly before her death last year. It meant a lot to her to know it was still there and in relatively good shape.

  6. Fran Schubmehl
    February 28, 2019 @ 5:14 pm

    When The church at the site of the stone cross burned,a new church , Sacred Heart, was built in Perkinsville. The corner stone from the stone cross church is incorporated into the foundation of Sacred Heart. Both corner stones located in left front corner. Many of the graves and stones were moved to the new church. If you should ever visit Sacred Heart, go in the basement and look at the size of the wooden center beam.

  7. RaChaCha
    March 3, 2019 @ 9:48 am

    Can any of these crosses be seen from Rt. 15? When I was a kid and we would visit relatives in NE PA before the interstates were completed, I have vague recollections of my dad having us kids look for a cross or crosses up on a hill.

    • Chris Clemens
      March 3, 2019 @ 9:51 am

      So, at that point, the ones from the cemetery easily could have been seen. The one largest I-beam cross I’m just not sure of. With no trees it probably could have been seen, but it’d be a ways off.

    June 17, 2019 @ 12:31 am

    I grew up in Wayland, well Perkinsville to be exact. I grew up with with my 2 sisters and my brother. The 4 of us could be quite rambunctious. My Dad would tell us to stop running around like Banshees, and then my parents would pile us all into the car for one of our “Sunday drives”. We used to do this on a regular basis, and they are great memories. We would drive throughout the back roads and explore things like the crosses on the hill, old cemeteries. Sometimes we would pick wild blueberries and Mom would make an awesome blueberry pie.