Philip P. Bliss Museum

15 Aug

Wednesday proved to be quite a full and busy day but one filled with special memories. My mother and I joined the Roskos family on a trip to Rome, PA to visit the museum of famous songwriter Philip P. Bliss.

On the long way there, Mom and I had a grand time listening to our iPod, singing, and talking. By the time we arrived, we were ready to get out and walk around (as you can tell, we’re not big travelers! 🙂 ). Before heading to the museum, both our families ate at a very quaint and adorable restaurant. Since it was absolutely gorgeous outside and we could all use some exercise and fresh air, we decided to take a stroll along the river.

At the museum, I was in complete amazement with the life and testimony of P.P.Bliss. What an incredible man. God had blessed him with a talent and he had used if for God’s honor and glory. I learned alot of important facts as well as unimportant. I didn’t realize that he had written 303 hymns (song of his songs include It is Well, Almost Persuaded, Hold the Fort, Jesus Loves Even Me) and had 541 of his songs published or that he built his parents a home for only $300 and a cow!! Ha! Even though he and his wife lived but a short time (they both died in their thirties due to a train wreck) and left behind two young sons, their testimony and godly legacy continues to live on to this day! May God be praised!

WARNING: We took alot of pics! 🙂

Outside the restaurant


April, me, and Anne before our stroll along the river


What can I say? Boys will be boys!



Anne found a special landmark called “Anne’s Place”!


Both April and I were thrilled to play on one of Bliss’ pumping pianos! It would be a workout for the legs on a Sunday morning, for sure! 🙂


Many of his songbooks!


Mom and I standing at his grave sight


The little ones: Rebekka


…and Megan



10 Responses to “Philip P. Bliss Museum”

  1. Jenna August 16, 2008 at 10:49 pm #

    Wow! I didn’t realize that he had written so many songs!

  2. Jennifer August 17, 2008 at 2:10 pm #

    I didn’t know he had his own museum! Is it true that when he and his wife were dying on the train that they sang “It is Well With My Soul”? At least that’s what I’ve heard.

    And to answer your question, I am going to Lancaster, PN!!! I’ve been through there once before, but only for a few hours. I can’t wait to go!

  3. !April Olivia! August 17, 2008 at 7:19 pm #

    I love the pictures!!:) Except you could have warned me about the piano one!!!! 🙂 🙂 It certainly was a beautiful outing. The picture of our little Megan is priceless, congrats on capturing such an adorible pose!!!
    !April Olivia!

  4. caroleecanaryislands August 18, 2008 at 12:59 pm #

    Just think how many hymns he may have written had he lived longer, But the Lord knows. He was a great songwriter.

  5. Tori August 20, 2008 at 10:40 pm #

    That must have been very interesting! I didn’t even know he had his own museum! That would be so neat to be able to play on one of his pumping pianos! Glad to hear that you had a wonderful time!

  6. A Heart of Praise August 23, 2008 at 1:06 pm #

    It looks like you all had a nice time!

  7. Jacqueline August 26, 2008 at 8:57 pm #

    What a wonderful trip! since moving to the east coast our family has done a lot of historical sight seeing but we this looks like a great place to visit some time.
    Blessings to you

  8. kaysie August 27, 2008 at 11:14 am #

    Looks like you had a lot of fun! Great pictures.

    Oh, and I love the picture of you on your sidebar… so lovely! 🙂

  9. Steve & Donna Story October 12, 2008 at 4:48 am #

    I played only Bliss music lon the organ last Sunday October 5, 2008 at our United Methodist Church in West Unon,IA-prelude selections, offertory, communion, postlude.We plan to visit Rome PA and area in 2009 for certain. Thanks to all those who help maintain his memory.
    Steve Story

  10. Nancy Krembs December 5, 2008 at 2:15 pm #

    Would love to know when the museum is open. What are its hours? How did you find out? What site or phone number? Thanks. I live in Deposit, N.Y. and would like to visit too.

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