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Vergennes United Methodist Church

 
 
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By J.T. Lambrou, September 28, 2021
1. Vergennes United Methodist Church Marker
Side 1
Inscription.  In 1843 a group of twelve emigrants from New England and western New York State founded the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Vergennes. Originally part of the circuit running from Grand Rapids to Boston, Michigan, the group first met at the log house of Anthony Yerkes. Later it used the Yerkes and Bailey log schools. Surnames of many of the pioneer parishioners—Fairchild, Kerr, McPherson, Odell, Bieri, Anderson—still graced the church’s rolls in 1986.

In the early 1860s the Vergennes Methodist congregation decided to build a permanent place of worship and appointed Charles Collar, A. R. Hoag and T. Crakes to the building committee. In 1864, Smith Bailey, a prominent local farmer, donated the land for the church. Completed in 1864 the white clapboard structure, with its simple design, reflects the eastern origins of its founders. By 1986 the church had been in continuous service for over a century.
 
Erected 1986 by Bureau of History, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number L0574.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion
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By J.T. Lambrou, September 28, 2021
2. Vergennes United Methodist Church Marker
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. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1843.
 
Location. 42° 58.371′ N, 85° 24.629′ W. Marker is in Lowell, Michigan, in Kent County. Marker is at the intersection of Bailey Drive Northeast and Parnell Avenue Northeast, on the right when traveling west on Bailey Drive Northeast. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10411 Bailey Dr NE, Lowell MI 49331, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ada Covered Bridge (approx. 4.1 miles away); Alton Pioneer Village (approx. 4.2 miles away); Fallasburg Covered Bridge (approx. 4.3 miles away); John Wesley Fallas House / John W. Fallas (approx. 4.4 miles away); Robert W. Graham Home (approx. 4.4 miles away); Fallasburg Pioneer Village (approx. 4.6 miles away); Cascade Christian Church (approx. 6.1 miles away); Cascade Township Hall (approx. 6.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lowell.
 
Vergennes United Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By J.T. Lambrou, September 28, 2021
3. Vergennes United Methodist Church Marker
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By J.T. Lambrou, September 28, 2021
4. Vergennes United Methodist Church
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By J.T. Lambrou, September 28, 2021
5. Vergennes United Methodist Church
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 29, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. This page has been viewed 33 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 29, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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