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Epworth in White County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Big Prairie Church

Established 1812

 
 
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By Jason Voigt, July 23, 2021
1. Big Prairie Church Marker
Inscription.  This church was the cradle of Methodism in White County. Early pioneers risked Indian raids to worship in the cabins of Robert Land and John Hanna. In 1812 presiding elder Peter Cartwright sent circuit rider John Smith to this settlement. This church was organized in Hanna's house.
 
Erected 1967 by White County Historical Society and the Illinois State Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Illinois State Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1812.
 
Location. 38° 2.974′ N, 88° 6.403′ W. Marker is in Epworth, Illinois, in White County. Marker is at the intersection of County Road 1450 East (County Route 7) and County Road 1175, on the right when traveling north on County Road 1450 East. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1172 County Rd 1450 E, Carmi IL 62821, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Former Site of Big Prairie United Methodist Church
Big Prairie Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, July 23, 2021
2. Big Prairie Church Marker
Marker is in front of Big Prairie Cemetery. The actual church stood behind the marker and in front of the cemetery, but it closed in late 2017 and was later torn down.
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(a few steps from this marker); Carmi's Oldest House (approx. 4 miles away); Ratcliff Inn (approx. 4 miles away); Colonel Conger House (approx. 4.1 miles away); "Flow Gently, Sweet Afton" (approx. 4.2 miles away); Bell of St. Johns (approx. 4.2 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 9.9 miles away); Boone's Mill (approx. 9.9 miles away).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 23, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 23, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 61 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 23, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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