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Fernandina Beach in Nassau County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Memorial United Methodist Church
 
Memorial United Methodist Church Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, August 12, 2012
1. Memorial United Methodist Church Marker
 
Inscription. Methodism first came to Amelia Island in 1822 when the south Carolina Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church appointed the Reverend Elijah Sinclair as the first minister to East Florida. Sinclair arrived within months of Florida being ceded to the United States by Spain in 1821 and was welcomed by Protestant Scotch and English settlers who opened their homes to him for services. The congregation continued to worship in homes and the Pioneer Hotel after the town was relocated in the 1850s from Old Town, about a mile north of the present site of Fernandina Beach. In the mid-1800s a wood frame church was built on the northwest corner of Broome and Sixth Streets. The old church was torn down after it was replaced by the building on Centre Street. Construction of the brick Classical Revival style building began in 1926 on property donated by E.W. Bailey and John W. Simmons. The sanctuary was complete by 1930 and the first services were held on the second Sunday in February. Fund raising to complete work on the church was difficult during the Great Depression of the 1930's, and the three-story classroom section at the rear of the building was still unfinished when Bishop Paul Kern dedicated the church in 1940. The work was finally completed in 1951. It is the oldest United Methodist congregation in the Florida conference.
 
Memorial United Methodist Church Marker seen along Sixth Street near Centre Street Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, August 12, 2012
2. Memorial United Methodist Church Marker seen along Sixth Street near Centre Street
 
Florida Heritage Site

 
Erected 1996 by The General Duncan Lamont Clinch Historical Society of Amelia Island and Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-371.)
 
Location. 30° 40.262′ N, 81° 27.62′ W. Marker is in Fernandina Beach, Florida, in Nassau County. Marker is on Sixth Street near Centre Street (Florida Route 1A / 20), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fernandina Beach FL 32034, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Presbyterian Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Nassau County Historic Courthouse (about 300 feet away); The Lesesne House (about 400 feet away); St. Peter's Church (about 600 feet away); Phelan-Verot House Built Prior to 1866 (approx. 0.2 miles away); David L. Yulee (approx. 0.2 miles away); New Zion Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fernandez Grant (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Fernandina Beach.
 
Memorial United Methodist Church Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, August 12, 2012
3. Memorial United Methodist Church
 
 
Memorial United Methodist Church Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, August 12, 2012
4. Memorial United Methodist Church Marker
Here on Amelia Island was begun
in 1822 the first Methodist church
in Florida by the
Rev. Elijah Sinclair
of the So. Car. Conference...
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on September 22, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 103 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 22, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
 
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