Union Meeting House Organized in 1807 / Union Seminary Organized in 1809
Union Meeting House Organized in 1807
On this site in 1809, pious Christians from Virginia and North Carolina erected a Methodist Church, the first in Greene County. The church was officially organized on May 23, 1807 as the Bonner Society. Frederick Bonner, Sr. and the illustrious Rev. John Sale were the principal organizers. This Methodist Church, one of the oldest in Ohio, has been serving the area known as the Union Neighborhood uninterrupted from this site since 1809. Rev. Bennett Maxey was the first pastor.
Union Seminary Organized in 1809
On this site in 1809, the first organized school in Greene County was established. Organized by Methodists from this community, classes commenced on January 1, 1810 with a total enrollment of twenty students. A multi-purpose log building 35' x 35' was erected that served as a school during the week and a Methodist Church on Sundays. A log cabin 16' x 16' was also erected for use by teachers and their families. Noted educator, John P. Finley, brother of the illustrious Rev. James B. Finley, was the first school master.
Erected 1992 by Union United Methodist Church and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 2- 29.)
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Location. 39° 39.037′ N, 83° 55.344′ W. Marker is near Xenia, Ohio, in Greene County. Marker is at the intersection of Union Road and Washington Road, on the right when traveling south on Union Road. Touch for map. Union United Methodist Church. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1201 Union Rd, Xenia OH 45385, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Honor (approx. 1.4 miles away); Logan’s Memorial Day Order (approx. 1.4 miles away); Civil War Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.4 miles away); Xenia Station (approx. 2.1 miles away); McDonald Stone Quarry (approx. 2.1 miles away); Greene County War Memorial (approx. 2.4 miles away); 74th Ohio Veteran Volunteer Infantry (approx. 2.4 miles away); War Savings Stamps (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Xenia.
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