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Heritage Landmarks: Lovely Lane Meetinghouse Site, Baltimore

September 1, 2017

The Lovely Lane Chapel was built in 1774. Ten years later, the chapel hosted the famous Christmas Conference, where a new denomination was born: the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Heritage Landmarks: Cokesbury College Site, Abingdon

August 25, 2017

The idea of a Methodist academy in Abingdon, Maryland had been discussed as early as 1782. Thomas Coke (1747-1814) was John Wesley's envoy to American Methodists, making nine voyages to the United States. Coke and Francis Asbury (1745-1816) met...

Heritage Landmarks: Robert Strawbridge House, New Windsor

August 18, 2017

Robert Strawbridge ( ? -1781) emigrated from Ireland to Frederick County, Maryland sometime between 1760 and 1766. A Methodist preacher in Ireland, he began preaching in Maryland soon after his arrival, making him the pioneer of Methodism on the...

Heritage Landmarks: Old Otterbein UMC, Baltimore

August 11, 2017

Old Otterbein Church is the mother church of the United Brethren in Christ and the oldest church edifice still standing in the city of Baltimore.

Traveling the Circuit: John Street Church, New York

July 24, 2017

“Philip, you must preach to us, or we shall all go to Hell together and God will require our blood at your hands!” Safe to say, this is not a typical reaction to seeing friends playing a hand of cards. Then again, Barbara von Ruckle Heck was not...

Traveling the Circuit: Willamette Heritage Center

July 12, 2017

Methodism’s influence sometimes surfaces in surprising places and unexpected ways. If your education was like mine, you were taught that the first settlers in the Pacific Northwest in the wake of Lewis and Clark were the trappers and traders...