Little Stranger Church - Leavenworth Country, Kansas
Little Stranger Church in Leavenworth Country,
Kansas is believed to be the oldest wood frame house of worship remaining
in state of Kansas. The first service was held on May 12, 1868, though
the congregation began meeting ten years earlier in a log schoolhouse
Little Stranger Church was active for 50 years, before closing during the global flu pandemic of 1919. Starting about 10 years later, the building was used by local organisations into the 1980s. It is surrounded by a cemetery of over 100 graves, which date from the 1850s to the 1960s. Many of the grave markers are in bad shape and some graves appear to be unmarked.
The church was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2015 and local volunteers have been working on the church and surrounding cemetery for several years. Most have that work has been about stopping further deterioration and the building and graves still looked very rough as of our visit in June 2019. Funding for the work has come from grants and from an anual Pie Social held the first Saturday in June.
copyright 2019 by Keith Stokes