Scripture Rocks Heritage Park Wins Prestigious PA Museums Award

BROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – The Jefferson County History Center recently received the PA Museums prestigious S. K. Stevens award for the Scripture Rocks Heritage Park at the organization’s annual meeting and awards ceremony on April 16, in Bellefonte.

(Photo: Ken Burkett, JCHS Executive Director receiving the S. K Stevens award from Rusty Baker, PA Museums Director.)

This award is in honor of Sylvester K. Stevens (1904-1974) who was a noted Pennsylvania State Historian and, from 1956 to 1972, executive director of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

PA Museums presents S. K. Stevens Awards to those projects that have won a national award from both the American Association of State and Local History and a PA Museums Special Achievement Award. In addition to the honor, the JCHS also received a $500.00 award.

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.

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