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Near Clovis in Fresno County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Academy Methodist Church

 
 
Academy Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, January 8, 2010
1. Academy Methodist Church Marker
Oldest church in Fresno County.
Inscription.
First services were held here under an arbor in 1865. Building erected in 1868. Land donated for church building by Sarah M. Simpson.

Sign erected in memory of those who have given their time to establish, preserve and maintain this place of worship.

Dedicated December 25, 1985
Academy Circle

 
Erected 1985 by Academy Circle.
 
Location. 36° 53.45′ N, 119° 32.333′ W. Marker is near Clovis, California, in Fresno County. Marker is on Madsen Avenue mile north of State Route 168, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10796 North Madsen Avenue, Clovis CA 93619, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Academy (approx. mile away); Humphrey Station (approx. 7.1 miles away); William "Yank" Hazelton (approx. 9.6 miles away); Erected to the Memory of the Pioneers of the Millerton Area Whose Remains Rest Here (approx. 9.9 miles away); Clovis Veterans Memorial (approx. 10 miles away); Tarpey Depot (approx. 10 miles away); Choinumni (approx. 10.8 miles away); Kings River - Centerville (approx. 11.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Clovis.
 
More about this marker.
Academy Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, January 8, 2010
2. Academy Methodist Church Marker
The land on which the church at Academey was built (the oldest church in Fresno County) was donated by the Simpson family.
Sarah M Baley Simpson, Daughter of William Wright Baley and wife of John Greenup Simpson, Fresno County's first tax collector.
Sarah and John had 7 children including Marvin Simpson who went on to serve in the California Legislature.
The Simpson and Baley family plots are in the nearby Academy Pioneer Cemetery.

See nearby marker Academy for additional information regarding the town and area.
 
Regarding Academy Methodist Church. The church building is recognized as the oldest standing church building still in use in Fresno County. As of 2010, the church location has been in continious use for 170 years.
 
Additional keywords. Simpson Baley Greenup Cole Blasingame Qualls Clovis Collins oldest Dog Creek Academy Granite
 
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Academy Methodist Church image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, January 8, 2010
3. Academy Methodist Church
Sarah M. (Baley) Simpson image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson
4. Sarah M. (Baley) Simpson
The Baley and Simpson families were pioneers in the Academy area. Sarah Simpson and her husband John Greenup Simpson donated the land for the church.
 
 
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