Scripture Rocks Heritage Park Grand Opening in Brookville -- June 11, 1 - 4 PM - ..there will be a dedication ceremony and guided tours of the park. Entrance to park is off Rt.28 next to Jehovah's Witness Hall. Off Exit 81 on I-80 turn towards Brookville on Rt.28, go about one eighth mile will be on left side. Have parking lot. 4 picnic tables among the trees.
Scripture Rocks In Brookville Area.
Posted 09 June 2016 - 12:30 AM
BROOKVILLE, Pa. –The Jefferson County History Center is hosting the grand opening of Scripture Rocks Heritage Park on Saturday, June 11.
Beginning at 1:00 p.m., there will be a public ribbon-cutting ceremony with local and state dignitaries present. After the ceremony, guided tours will be available.
In addition to the ceremony and tours, there will also be a door prize and a book signing of the book The Scripture Rocks: Why Douglas Stahlman Carved His Legacy in Stone with the authors Brian Fritz and Ken Burkett. The books will be sold at the park that day at a special discounted rate.
Scripture Rocks Heritage Park serves to preserve the legacy of Douglas M. Stahlman, his dedicated rocks, and to make the history of the man’s legacy accessible to all who are interested in his story and in his impact on the Brookville area. Stahlman was an eccentric, reclusive preacher, and a self-proclaimed prophet who was born and raised in Jefferson County in the mid-nineteenth century and resided in Brookville from 1907 to 1915.
Central to Stahlman’s messianic project are the so-called “Scripture Rocks,” a collection of over 500 “dedicated” rocks – many of which are inscribed with Biblical verses and spiritual commentary – dispersed in various locations around the wooded hillsides surrounding Brookville in Jefferson County.
The park is located on Route 28, 1/8 mile south of I-80 Exit 81. It is a free public access site where visitors can explore approximately 1.5 miles of trails. The park contains 65 large sandstone boulders which were engraved by Douglas M. Stahlman between 1910 and 1913.
For more information, contact Alyssa Snyder at 814-849-0077 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted 04 August 2016 - 02:31 AM
Scripture Rocks Heritage Park located in Brookville, PA, just off I-80 exit 81. The 4-acre park encompasses 68 rocks featuring inscriptions and dedications created between 1911 and 1913 by Douglas Stahlman. For more information visit www.ScriptureRocks.com.
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Posted 04 November 2016 - 01:17 PM
More secrets of Scripture Rocks revealed
- Nov 3, 2016
- By Randy Bartley J-D Editor
This rock shelter at Scripture Rocks Park in Pine Creek Township was recently excavated by volunteers from the North Fork Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society for Archeology. The shelter had sustained a partial collapse of the ceiling at some point.
- BROOKViLLE — The boulders at Scripture Rocks Park are telling a new story. On the hillside, overlooking the new park are two rock over hangs that once gave shelter to early Native Americans.
“Ray Fitzgerald and I recorded the rock shelter in 1973,” said Ken Burkett, executive director of the Jefferson County Historical Society. “We did not disturb or excavate anything at that time. We just noted there were some flint chips on the surface of the ground which indicated it had been occupied. There were also indications of fire in there. We recorded it as an archeological site with the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission.
“When we built the park we knew two rock shelters were there. Once the park opened there were people in and out of the shelters constantly,” said Burkett. “So we thought it would be a good project to excavate the site and it would also add another layer of interpretation to the Scripture Rocks Park because now we can add a Native American presence.
“These sites are usually utilized by Native Americans for longer periods of time if they are close to a stream. This particular rock overhang is up and away from the stream although there is a spring nearby. These sites were used as a temporary shelter when the Native Americans were hunting, especially in bad weather. They could build a wall of sticks, build a fire and stay warm,” said Burkett.
The digging was not easy. “Part of the rock ceiling had collapsed and the volunteers had to clear out the debris. We did not know what would be encapsulated under there. We had to move tons of rock to open this up,” said Burkett.
“Currently members of the North Fork Chapter 29 of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology are excavating two small rock overhangs in the park,” said Burkett. “So far this fall six chert (sedimentary rock material) projectile points were recovered spanning nearly six millennia with the oldest dating approximately 5,500 years ago and the youngest a mere 1,000 years old.
“We have a total of nine projectile points. If they are older than 1,000 A.D. they are probably a spear point from a projectile thrown by an atlatl. Under 1,000 A.D. they are true arrow heads. We have one arrow head and the rest are spear points,” he said. The atlatl, or spear-thrower, is an ancient hunting weapon that pre-dated the bow and arrow. “The oldest ones we have are Brewerton and they date about 5,500 years ago. We have some Susquehanna broad points that date about 1,500 B.C. We have a triangular arrow head that is about 1,000 A.D. “
“Among the other artifacts found were a stone bead, prehistoric ceramic shards and a large amount of animal bone from many species,” he said.
“We also found a tubular pipe preform made out of Jefferson County fire clay in about 500 B.C. It is soft and the Native Americans would carve it into pipes or ornaments. This pipe is about five inches long and it was not drilled. They roughed the shape out and broke it before they actually drill out the smoke chamber into it. That is a rare find. It was in multiple pieces. Someone broke it and discarded it,” said Burkett.
“We also found a few shards of Native American pottery from about 1,000 A.D. It is undecorated so it is very difficult to tell what group of people it is affiliated with,” he said.
“When the shelter was occupied the debris is either pushed out from the center or into the back. We have both here,” said Burkett who excavated the Fish Basket village in Hawthorn. “We have one hearth that we located near the front of the shelter. Also near the front of the shelter are numerous pieces of flint from chipping artifacts. The ceramic shards were in the rear of the shelter,” he said.
“There was also a small chamber in the back of the shelter which contained a lot of animal bones,” he said. “There was a very large bear jaw, a large canine, and a couple of teeth we believe are from a mountain lion. There are also deer and small mammals that had been burnt in fires as it was cooked. Some of the bones were probably brought in by other animals. I am sure it was also used as a den at some point.
“I have a skull from a 400 pound bear my son shot and the canine on this skull is at least three times bigger. I have no idea how big it was but it could be an 800 to 1,000 pound bear. It was old, the canine was worn down so it was old when it passed,” said Burkett.
“We did find some of the things you would normally find. There were a number of bullets from the historic period. There were probably hunters shooting into the shelter where the bullets were captured. There were a few pieces of glassware and a few pulltabs from the 1970s,” he said. “Surprisingly, there wasn’t really a lot of debris in there.”
The shelter is open and we have a trail built up to it.
“We will be working on the second shelter next summer. It was disturbed by someone n the past,” said Burkett.
“After the second overhang excavation is completed next spring, the chapter plans to provide additional interpretative panels in that area to help visitors understand how, when and why Native Americans visited these sites,” he said.
“Once everything is a cataloged the artifacts will be placed in an exhibit at the History Center. The collection will stay here at the museum,” said Burkett.
http://www.thecourie...22581b58e8.html (There are more picture in the Jeffersonian Democrat, Nov.3. 2016 addition of paper)
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Posted 04 November 2016 - 08:52 PM
I hope he owned the property when he inscribed all of this "graffiti." Especially, since it was apparently a site of archeological interest.
Posted 05 November 2016 - 06:06 AM
Posted 05 November 2016 - 06:17 AM
How are the pathways for walking with a cane or walker?
Driving by what I can see paths look good and well kept.
Posted 29 December 2016 - 07:52 PM
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Posted 30 December 2016 - 01:18 PM
I know they had gates closed since we have been getting snow. Not sure that the frame work that is up, but may be going to be shelter for picnic tables.
Posted 30 December 2016 - 01:23 PM
Visiting the Park
No hiking trail is without a certain amount of danger. It is your responsibility to determine if it is safe for you and your children. If you have a problem with walking on uneven ground or slopes it is best not to travel them. We can only leave that to your discretion.
Allow approximately 2 hours for your visit.
This site is an Outdoor Museum:
- Please respect and preserve the past for the future education and enjoyment of those who come after us
- Stay on trails and beware of poison ivy
- Do Not use anything such as crayons, ink or paint to make the engravings more visible
- Do Not deface the site by making new carvings or reworking old ones
- Do Not remove artifacts of any kind
- Take Out what you bring in
- Keep pets on a leash and remove animal waste from trails
- Please Report vandalism. Intentional damage to park property, signage or defacing the rocks WILL result in prosecution including conservation costs.
Have a Great Hike
Emergency - Call 911
Posted 06 January 2017 - 01:01 AM
The frame work I mentioned in earlier post is going to be a picnic shelter. It will be completed in the spring. The work is being down by Boy Scout Arien Kelso as his Eagle Scout project. Picture can be seen in Jan.5,2016 issue of Jeffersonian Democrat.- Brookville, Pa.
Posted 30 January 2017 - 06:17 AM
Great Outdoors Minute: Scripture Rocks Heritage Park
Posted by PA Great Outdoors - John Straitiff
This is the tenth in a series of 13 new Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Minutes for the 2016-2017 television broadcast season.
These segments highlight events and attractions in the Clarion, Elk, Jefferson, Forest, & Cameron Counties. They will air on the adventure series known as Friends in Wild Places series on ROOT Sports, Pursuit Channel, & WATM ABC-23. Check your local listing for dates and times.
Find more information on the PA Great Outdoors region at VisitPAGO.com or call the PA Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau at (814) 849-5197.
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