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The green double doors and gothic-arch window on the front of the old white church at the Prairie Grove Cemetery in the Waynedale area of Fort Wayne, Indiana.


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Prairie Grove Cemetery Chapel #18

The doors on the front of the little white church in the Prairie Grove Cemetery on Old Trail Road in the Waynedale area of Fort Wayne, Indiana. These green double doors were installed during the church's restoration after the 2008 fire, replacing a plain single door that had been there for many years.

This church was built in 1851 by the United Brethren in Christ, a protestant denomination that built many rural churches across the Midwestern United States in the Nineteenth Cenutry. It is probably the second oldest building in both Fort Wayne and Allen County. When it was built, this was a rural area several miles southwest of Fort Wayne. The city, now Indiana's second largest, was a small town and Wayndale did not exist at all! Waynedale was founded in the early 1920s and was an independent small town until it was annexed by Fort Wayne in 1957.

Despite the great changes that have taken place since it was built, the little church in the Prairie Grove Cemetery has endured. In the Twentieth Century several small church congregations rented the building from the cemetery, which owns it. In 2008, vandals set fire to it in the middle of the night. Fortunately, there is a Fort Wayne Fire Department station within sight of the church. Firefighters got there quickly enough to prevent the fire from severely damaging the historic church. Volunteers from the community repaired the church after the fire and restored it to a condition close to its original 1851 appearance. These doors were part of that restoration.





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