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Tangier in Accomack County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Swain Memorial United Methodist Church

 
 
Swain Memorial United Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., August 11, 2010
1. Swain Memorial United Methodist Church Marker
Inscription. The most prominent of the island's buildings, Swain Memorial United Methodist Church is easily recognized as the focal point of Tangier.

Built in 1899 on the site of the island's second church (1842), it is the center of the Tangier's religious activity.

The Hiram Benson Education Building, erected in 1963 is named for a "pillar" of the Methodist Sunday school and occupies the site of the third church, Mariner's Bethel (1870).

Traditional Methodist class meetings are still held weekly and may be the last such gatherings of any Methodist community in America.
 
Erected by Tangier History Museum & Interpretive Cultural Center.
 
Location. 37° 49.634′ N, 75° 59.519′ W. Marker is in Tangier, Virginia, in Accomack County. Marker is on Main Ridge Road near Ponderosa Lane. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tangier VA 23440, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dr. Copter — Flying Medicine to Tangier (here, next to this marker); Telephone Office, Post Office & Myrtís (a few steps from this marker); Tangier Island (a few steps from this marker); Tangier Island Veterans Memorial
Swain Memorial United Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., August 11, 2010
2. Swain Memorial United Methodist Church Marker
(a few steps from this marker); The Parson of the Islands (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Tangier Island Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Tangier Island World Wars I and II Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Gladstone Memorial Health Center (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tangier.
 
More about this marker. There are three pictures on the marker. The top picture is a distant shot of Swain Memorial United Methodist Church in 1940. The middle picture is of Swain Memorial United Methodist Church in 1959 (picture on the marker is by Bodine). The picture in the lower left is of Hiram Benson in 1959 (picture on the marker is by Bradshaw).
 
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Swain Memorial United Methodist Church and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., August 11, 2010
3. Swain Memorial United Methodist Church and Marker
The Hiram Benson Education Building is behind the church, on the right in this picture.
Cornerstones image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 11, 2016
4. Cornerstones
Lee's Bethel, 1835. Enlarged 1842, 1860. Rebuilt, 1870. Enlarged, 1890. Built new, 1897. Renamed Swain Memorial M.E. Church, 1900.
Swain Memorial United Methodist Church Sanctuary image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 9, 2016
5. Swain Memorial United Methodist Church Sanctuary
One of the three large stained glass windows image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 9, 2016
6. One of the three large stained glass windows
One of the smaller windows image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 9, 2016
7. One of the smaller windows
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 11, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 31, 2011, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 846 times since then and 69 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 31, 2011, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on September 11, 2016, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
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