HEBRON, Md. - A mighty church that has been around longer than America's freedom is no more. Fire destroyed the St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Hebron on the Eastern Shore Tuesday.
This house of worship, built in 1773, had many original items from the 1700s and early 1800s still in use. A few items in the church and some burnt hymnals are just some of the items saved from the fire. Pat Ewell was in church Sunday and may have been one of the last to use one of the hymnals.
“I think of all the people who attended this church and are not with us anymore. There must have been tears in heaven,” Ewell said.
Tom Lovett shed some tears as he watched the church that he was in charge of maintaining go up in flames. Lovett was very aware of the history of this 240-year-old building.
“You think of the people who built the church, the Indians, the Amish, the Quakers, the slaves. All were a part of this church,” Lovett said.