Grand Opening of Scripture Rocks in Heritage Park Set to be Held Today

scripture-rocksBROOKVILLE, 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 [email protected]

(Photo courtesy of Jefferson County History Center)


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