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Petersburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The First Methodist Meeting House

 
 
The First Methodist Meeting House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, December 27, 2009
1. The First Methodist Meeting House Marker
Inscription.  The first Methodist Meeting House in Petersburg was a theatre on West Old Street near the river rented by Gressett Davis. Robert Williams, a follower of John Wesley, came to Petersburg to preach in 1773 at the invitation of Davis and Nathaniel Young, local businessmen. From this humble beginning, Methodism became firmly established in Petersburg and spread throughout the surrounding countryside. Petersburg served as Williams' headquarters and later was made part of the Brunswick circuit.
 
Erected 1984 by Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number QA-18.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionColonial Era. A significant historical year for this entry is 1773.
 
Location. 37° 13.851′ N, 77° 24.984′ W. Marker is in Petersburg, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Fleet Street and Grove Avenue (Virginia Route 36), on the right when traveling north on Fleet Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Petersburg VA 23803, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Appomattox River Heritage Trail (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Campbell's Bridge
Fleet St, Canal St, and Grove Ave image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, December 27, 2009
2. Fleet St, Canal St, and Grove Ave
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(about 500 feet away); Silk Mill (about 800 feet away); Shaping Of The Town (about 800 feet away); Railroad Crossing Over The Appomattox River (about 800 feet away); Simms Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Local Workforce At The Mills (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Beginning of Ettrick (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Petersburg.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 30, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 665 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 30, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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