The Iron Enforcer

In 1797, population growth created an unwanted urban problem for the Third Presbyterian Church during worship services. Reason: Noisy teams of horse drawn vehicles traversing Pine Street. Something had to be done. As Presbyterians are wont to do, a committee was appointed to solve the problem. Result: They secured a written Act of Assembly from City Council prohibiting vehicular traffic passing-by the church during hours of public worship.


Enforcer: A chain of wrought iron links was stretched across Pine Street from the church to an opposite house—conveniently owned by a church member. The chain most probably was made by one of the several blacksmiths who were members of the church.