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Greencastle in Putnam County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Putnamville United Methodist Church

 

—Est. 1834 —

 
Putnamville United Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, June 10, 2012
1. Putnamville United Methodist Church Marker
Inscription. Built in 1834 as the Putnamville Presbyterian Church, the brick structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and sits at the intersection of SR 243 and US Hwy 40, also known as the old National Road. It has been used continuously as a church since that time. The site was donated by James Townsend, owner of the Townsend Inn. The bricks were made locally and the foundation stones, the large stone steps, and the broad stones with the ripple marks, which once made the walk in front, were the well-known Putnamville Limestone from the quarries west of town. D.L. Mayle planted the hard maple trees that line the area next to Highway 40 north of the church. The first ministers were Jeremiah Hill, Samuel G. Lowery, James H. Shields, and William W. Woods.

In 1849, the congregation split into the Old and New School branches; the Old School kept the building. The church was sold to the Methodists in about 1861 for the sum of $150; the original cost of building the structure was $800. Colored glass windows were added in the 1890's and they are still encased in the wooden frames carved by pioneer carpenter, John Hendrix, as he sat in the window of his log cabin north of the National Road. The windows were designed as memorials with financial help from friends and relatives. Names above the windows
Plaque Photo - - "Pre 1900" image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, June 10, 2012
2. Plaque Photo - - "Pre 1900"
include: James Parkes, John Perry, John Cooper, John Haymaker, John Jenkens, John Wills, Jane Layman, Jane Montgomery, Maggie Ford, Louisa Sinclair, and Jane Perry.

The Methodist Episcopal church of Putnamville was organized around 1831 at the home of John S. Perry with Thomas J. Brown in charge. The first members were John M. Jenkens, John S. Perry, Luke Davis and wife, and John Swartz and wife. Pioneer pastors, DePauw University student ministers, and part-time pastors have graced the pulpit. Now named the Putnamville United Methodist Church, the small but active congregation is noted for its fine music, dedicated UMW, and mission work on both local and international levels.
 
Erected by Heritage Preservation Society.
 
Location. 39° 38.634′ N, 86° 51.814′ W. Marker is in Greencastle, Indiana, in Putnam County. Marker is at the intersection of South Vine Street and East Washington Street (U.S. 231), on the right when traveling south on South Vine Street. Touch for map. Located on the "Heritage Wall". Top Row - - first on left end. Marker is in this post office area: Greencastle IN 46135, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Donald J. Cook ( 1915 - - 2005 ) (here, next to this marker); Julian Family Home
Plaque Photo - - "Present Day" image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, June 10, 2012
3. Plaque Photo - - "Present Day"
(here, next to this marker); John Dillinger Was Here (here, next to this marker); The Founding of the Lilly Family in Greencastle, Indiana (here, next to this marker); Minshall Laboratory, DePauw University (here, next to this marker); Indiana Asbury - - DePauw University (here, next to this marker); Eli Lilly & The Civil War ( 1861--1865 ) (here, next to this marker); Percy Lavon Julian ( 1899--1975 ) (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greencastle.
 
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"Heritage Wall" image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, June 10, 2012
4. "Heritage Wall"
Full View - - "Heritage Wall" image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, June 10, 2012
5. Full View - - "Heritage Wall"
Other View - - Putnamville United Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, June 10, 2012
6. Other View - - Putnamville United Methodist Church Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 14, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 371 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 14, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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