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First Methodist Church

 
 
First Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, November 15, 2009
1. First Methodist Church Marker
Inscription.  Organized in 1819, this Church is an outgrowth of Grant’s Meeting House, the first Methodist Church building in Georgia, erected 5 miles E. in 1787. In 1820, the Methodists built the first church building in Washington. It was shared by other denominations. In 1823, Rev. Alexander Webster, first pastor of the Washington Presbyterian Church, was ordained there. A Methodist Sunday School was organized in 1871. A Women’s Missionary Society, started in 1878, was the first in the Conference. On the site of the first structure, a second, now the Masonic Temple, was erected in 1882. In this building, erected in 1907, the first Methodist Men’s Club in Methodism was charted in 1919, during the pastorate of Rev. G.S. Frazer.

Bishop Francis Asbury visited Washington many times during his 17 trips to Georgia. He held the Second Methodist Conference in Georgia in the log Courthouse, near the site of the present Wilkes County Courthouse. Rev. Hope Hull and Rev. Lorenzo Dow were among the famous pioneer Circuit Riders to hold revival meetings in Washington. Rev. Lovick Pierce, leader in early Methodism, was the first recorded pastor of this church.
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Erected 1958. (Marker Number 157-20.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionFraternal or Sororal OrganizationsWomen. In addition, it is included in the Francis Asbury, Traveling Methodist Preacher, and the Georgia Historical Society series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1819.
 
Location. 33° 44.14′ N, 82° 44.38′ W. Marker is in Washington, Georgia, in Wilkes County. Marker is at the intersection of Spring Street (Georgia Route 47) and West Liberty Street when traveling north on Spring Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 West Liberty Street, Washington GA 30673, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. City Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Original Town Lot #36 (within shouting distance of this marker); 1878 Medical Office (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Post Office (about 400 feet away); Cleveland's Corner (about 400 feet away); William Dearing (about 400 feet away); Site of the Confederate Commissary & Quartermaster's Stores (about 400 feet away); Stage Coach Inn (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Washington.
 
First Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Scott, September 13, 2015
2. First Methodist Church Marker
First Methodist Church and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, November 15, 2009
3. First Methodist Church and Marker
The church building was built in 1907
First Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Scott, September 13, 2015
4. First Methodist Church Marker
First Methodist Church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Scott, September 13, 2015
5. First Methodist Church
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 29, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 842 times since then and 68 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 29, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   2. submitted on April 26, 2016, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   3. submitted on December 29, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   4, 5. submitted on April 26, 2016, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 3, 2023