Skip to main content


From the April 1897 issue of The Christian Science Journal

THE sight-seer driving through the magnificent park system around Philadelphia, in passing through the beautiful Wissahickon Park, usually has his attention called to the "Monastery," a massive stone building erected in 1738, now occupied as a farm house. Its historical interest arises from the fact that it served as the place of worship of a peculiar sect which came from Germany in the early history of the Province of Pennsylvania, known as German Pietists, but more especially designated by the denizens of the neighborhood as the "Hermits of the Ridge.