• Join us for the Grand Opening of the new Wills Creek Museum

    Friday April 26th 5 pm to 7 pm, Opening Reception with the Avirett Family.  (This is a ticketed event.  Tickets may be purchased at Eventbrite.com.)

    Saturday, April 27th 10 am to 2 pm, Family Day with Tours and Childrens Crafts

    Sunday, April 28th Ribbon Cutting with City Officials at Noon, Tours from 12:30 pm to 4 pm.  Choral Society Concert at 4 pm.

    Wills Creek Grand Opening
  • To arrange a tour of our beautiful and historic building and tunnels below, please email [email protected].  We ask that you allow up to 3 days for one of our volunteer docents to respond.  We look forward to hosting you and your group.

  • Watch our weekly videos of Sermons, Gospel Lessons, Comforting Words, and Music on our YouTube page.

    (Click on our YouTube page link below)
  • Gracious and loving God, we thank you for sending your life-giving Spirit to dwell with us in the community of Emmanuel Parish; infuse us with passion for worship of you, and for service to the greater community of Cumberland and beyond. Give us wisdom and perseverance in being a mutually supportive, inviting and inclusive congregation; and help us in all things to follow the example of him whom we call “God with us,” even Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray.


Fort Cumberland

In 1754, the young George Washington (who had surveyed the site as an employee of the Ohio Company) was a Colonel in the Virginia Militia. He came to this site with troops under orders to push the French from territories claimed by the British colonies. Washington’s military failure and surrender at Fort Necessity (about 50 miles west of Cumberland) led to what Americans refer to as the French and Indian War.

In 1755, the British Army occupied the hilltop where the Church now stands and erected Fort Cumberland (named for the British Minister of War). The fort was 400’ by 120’ and served as the logistical headquarters for the army under the command of Gen. Edward Braddock. As such, it was the largest military installation in North America (up to that time). 5000 men, women and children lived and worked at Fort Cumberland at the height of its power in June and July of that year.

Braddock’s expedition ended in complete disaster in the Battle of Monongahela, and the community at Cumberland was plunged into deepest mourning. Under the leadership of George Washington, the fort continued to be garrisoned throughout that war.

All this time, the settlers in the area regularly joined the soldiers and their families in worship that was led either by a military Chaplain or, when none was present, by the Commander of the troops: George Washington. When the army left, the people continued to meet at the fort for their Church services.

The Fort was last used as a military installation in October of 1794 when then-President George Washington brought the Army of the United States here to suppress the Whiskey Rebellion.


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