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First to hail the star of freedom in the gloam,
Where the deeds that men may do Prove them truest of the true
O that land is Old Virginia, and my home!
Tell me of a land where love, Fix’d in woman’s heart doth prove,
Best to all the gifts to man ‘neath heaven’s dome;
Ah! the angels there a-while Banish care with beauty’s smile—
O that land is Old Virginia, and my home!


Birthland of story, Homeland of glory,
Thousands of voices are singing to thee;
With garlands fairest, With heart gems rarest,
We crown Virginia, sweet land of the free.

The German settlers being partial to good lands and hearing of the fertile
soil of the Valley, such as the limestone belts, its good climate and cool
springs, they came to Virginia from Pennsylvania and Maryland. Among the
Germans coming to the Shenandoah Country were families who had taken part
in the great meetings in Pennsylvania and Maryland. Some of them were
related to Geeting, Newcomer, and others of the early preachers. So the
preachers they had known north of the Potomac followed them and held great
meetings in the Valley, particularly near Mount Jackson.

The site of Keedysville, near Antietam Creek in Maryland, was the home of
George Geeting, Otterbein’s chief adviser. His home was also a headquarters
for Boehm, Newcomer, and other preachers. At Beaver Creek, a dozen miles
eastward across the mountains, was where Newcomer lived. Farther east
were the Kemps and others. A few miles farther north were the Draksels,
Mayers, Baers, Browns, Hersheys, Rus-sels, and others, while on the Virginia
side of the Potomac within a day’s ride were Ambrose, Strickler, Senseny, the
Niswanders—Isaac and Abraham, and the three Duckwalds—Ludwig, Henry,
and Frederick. Still others were the twin brothers, Henry and Christian
Krum (Crum). Thus there were gathered at Antietam, as a central point, those
who were fired with a common spirit. The great religious experiences they had
enjoyed were told in a wonderful way to the throngs attracted by interest and

Strong congregations were soon formed around Winchester, at Sleepy
Creek, and east of the Blue Ridge in Loudoun County. The last named locality
was often visited by Bishop Newcomer. But by reason of emigration, this flock
passed out of existence more than a century ago.
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