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Methodism in Williamsburg

 
 
Methodism in Williamsburg Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), February 26, 2021
1. Methodism in Williamsburg Marker
Inscription.  Methodism entered Williamsburg when Joseph Pilmor, a "missionary" sent by Wesley, preached in the yard of the Capitol in August 1772. The new faith made only slow progress in the heavily Church of England/Episcopal town. On his first visit in 1781, Francis Asbury observed that "Williamsburg [was] formerly the seat of government, now moved to Richmond, thus the worldly glory is departed from it; as to Divine glory, it never had any." Yet Methodism began its slow rise even as the town began its long decline, and this congregation dates continuously from at least 1785.
 
Erected by Williamsburg United Methodist Church, given in memory of James W. Patterson (1934 - 2003).
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionColonial Era. In addition, it is included in the Francis Asbury, Traveling Methodist Preacher series list. A significant historical month for this entry is August 1772.
 
Location. 37° 16.074′ N, 76° 42.774′ W. Marker is in Williamsburg, Virginia. Marker is on Jamestown Road (Virginia Route 5) just south
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of Cary Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 Jamestown Rd, Williamsburg VA 23185, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Williamsburg United Methodist Church (here, next to this marker); College Camp (approx. ¼ mile away); Indian School at the College of William & Mary (approx. 0.3 miles away); In Gallia Nati Mortui in Virginia (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Christopher Wren Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); Priorities of the College of William and Mary (approx. 0.3 miles away); Alumni of the College of William and Mary (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sir Christopher Wren Building (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Williamsburg.
 
Williamsburg United Methodist Church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), February 26, 2021
2. Williamsburg United Methodist Church
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 2, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 127 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 2, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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