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Reclaiming Our History

Throughout this month (and beyond), we are sharing Black stories, amplifying Black voices, and sharing resources from our ministry partners.


We are affiliated with the ELCA, which remains one of the whitest Christian denominations in the US. We are located at the site of a 19th century iron furnace that supported the Confederacy during the Civil War. We neighbor Shenandoah National Park, public lands which remained segregated until the summer of 1950, just seven years before Lutherans purchased our property for a summer camp.


As we are reclaiming our history, we are discovering a lot about our past and this land. We have a lot of work to do in ensuring that all feel welcome at Caroline Furnace. Community is the core of outdoor ministry and we encourage you to join us in learning and growing together, so that our communities may be welcoming to all. Stay tuned on social media and our blog to learn more!

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