St. Paul’s Episcopal Church was built in 1842 upon land that was donated by the Wirts (Virts) and Duvall families. The building material was donated by Dr. Lloyd Duvall and was built primarily by slaves. It opened for worship in 1843 and was dedicated by Bishop W. R. Whittingham. According to sources it was also used to house slaves escaping to freedom via the Underground Railroad. The nearby “Cooling Springs” farm has a rich history is assisting people making their journey towards freedom.
The church which is Federal in style is remarkably preserved and surrounded by a well-kept cemetery. It is situated on a lovely crest with commanding views of the Catoctin and Sugarloaf mountains.
During the civil war the church was used as a hospital by the Union Troops.
The region is well know for Calico Rock and there are several remarkable tombstone made of the rock. Calico Rocks is a quartz and limestone conglomerate and also know as Potomac Marble. Point of Rocks has an abundance of the stone in the area.
If you are traveling in Frederick County, MD it is well worth your time to detour from the main road and travel back into time.
h your time to detour from the main road and travel back into time.