Welcome to The Depreciation Lands Museum


Standing as a poignant testament to faith and community, our building once served as the Pine Creek Covenanter Church, a sacred space erected around 1837 through the labor and dedication of its congregation. Crafted from local materials, including bricks molded in the nearby Anderson brickyard, this humble church bore witness to generations of worship and devotion. Alongside the neighboring Anderson home, linked by the shared heritage of their bricks, the church stood as a beacon of spiritual guidance and communal unity, embodying the enduring legacy of faith and fellowship that defined the fabric of our community.

Within the walls of the Pine Creek Covenanter Church, the congregation adhered to the staunch tenets of Covenanters, a strict sect of Reformed Presbyterians tracing their roots to 17th-century Scotland. Founded in 1805, this steadfast community worshiped in a modest log building nearby, fostering a tradition of reverence steeped in simplicity and solemnity. Led by their first minister, Matthew Williams, Covenanters abstained from instrumental music in their worship, drawing their hymns solely from the Psalms and embracing a capella singing as the embodiment of their devout convictions. Rejecting the observance of Christmas and eschewing the use of instrumental accompaniment, the congregation remained steadfast in their adherence to biblical precepts, weathering the storm of a violent schism in 1833 that fractured their ranks into “New Light” and “Old Light” factions. While the New Light congregation would evolve into the Hampton Presbyterian Church, the Old Light faction, steadfast in their adherence to tradition, ultimately disbanded in 1925, leaving a legacy of unwavering faith and enduring spiritual heritage.