Eyford is still used in connection with the community, the church, and the hall.
The Thingvalla congregation,
usually called Eyford, was organized early in 1889.
At a meeting on December 20, 1891, a building of a church was first discussed,
and on April 10, 1892, a bid of approximately $800 was accepted. The outside structure was built in the summer of 1892,
and the inside was finished in 1893. The building which is 40 feet long, 26 feet wide, and 52 feet to the top of the
steeple cost $2,500.
One item that attracts visitors attention is a monument just north of the church, which is s memorial to K. N. Julius,
an Icelandic poet who lived in the Eyford area.
The church had its 75th anniversary in 1967. Improvements made in the last few years include the installation of electric
heat and carpets in parts of the church."
from the Grand Forks Herald
This church was unusual because most of its interior artifacts - the organ, the altar statue, the pews - were
originals, Olafson said. He added that although all the Pembina Hills churches incorporate Icelandic architecture, Thingvalla
was extremely similar to the Icelandic church, Tingvellir, after which the area was named.
Olafson said Thingvalla was popular with Icelandic tourists, who would visit the monument and read Julius's