New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
John Street Methodist Church
Landmarks of New York
The oldest Methodist Society in America organized in 1766 by Philip Embury and Barbara Heck constructed here in 1768 Wesley Chapel, the first Methodist meeting house in America. The present church, the third on this site, was completed in 1841.
John Street Methodist Church was organized in 1766 by a group of Irish emigrants under the leadership of Philip Embury and his first cousin, Barbara Heck. The “Irish Palatines” as they were referred to, were descendents of refugees from religious persecution in Germany. They were converted to Methodism in county Limerick by John Wesley, and carried their zeal to the new land where they formed the first Methodist Society in continental United States. This plaque has been erected by the Irish Institute and the American Irish Historical Society.
Erected 1964 by New York Community Trust (Plaque 1) & Irish Institute and the American Irish Historical Society (Plaque 2).
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. A significant historical year for this entry is 1766.
Location. 40° Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 44 John Street, New York NY 10038, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Street Church (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named John Street Methodist Church (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named John Street Church (here, next to this marker); Former Residence of Thomas Jefferson (within shouting distance of this marker); 33 Liberty Street (within shouting distance of this marker); John Street (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Federal Reserve Bank of New York (about 400 feet away); The Liberty Tower (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Also see . . .
1. John Street Church. Church website (Submitted on June 6, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
2. The New York Community Trust. A long-time crusader for preservation, the Municipal Art Society joined with The Trust in 1956 to begin the “Landmarks of New York” project. (Submitted on October 27, 2009.)
3. The John Street Methodist Church - 44 John Street. "Daytonian in Manhattan" entry. (Submitted on April 11, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 23, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 6, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 874 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 6, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.