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COLUMBIA COUNTY PA


Almedia EV

Description: Description: Description: almedia

Location: 123 Church Street, village of Almedia
Municipality:
Scott township
County:
Columbia
State:
PA

Directions: 
     In Bloomsburg, from the intersection of PA 487 and Old Berwick Road, go east 3 miles on Old Berwick Road to the village of Almedia.  Turn north on Church Street and go 1 block.  The church is on the left.

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Evangelical Church

Journal references:
     1971,97 – discontinued
     1972, 302 – permission to sell
     1975(1),116 – sold to Shiloh Bible Church

Brief History:
     

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Asbury ME

asbury

Address: 413 Harrison Road, community of Asbury
Municipality:
Fishing Creek township
County:
Columbia
State:
PA

Directions:
     From Orangeville, go north 4 miles on PA 487 to Zaners Bridge Road.  Go east 1 mile on Zaners Bridge Road to Asbury Road.  Go south 1 mile on Asbury Road to Harrison Road..  The church is on the northwest corner of Asbury Road and Harrison Road.

Historic Conference:
    
Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church  

Journal references:
     2013,149 – merged into Orangeville

Brief History:
     

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Benton MP

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Location:
Municipality:
borough of Benton
County:
Columbia
State:
PA

Directions: 
     The exact location has not been determined.

Historic Conference:
     Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church.

Journal references:

Brief History:
     This building was erected in 1872 through the efforts of Rev. A.E. Kline of the Pine Creek Circuit.  The congregation disbanded in 1886, and the building was sold.

Final disposition:
    


Berwick MP

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Location: “Park Avenue and Front Street”
Municipality:
borough of Berwick
County:
Columbia
State:
PA

Directions: 
    The site is in the west end of Berwick, but the exact location has not been determined.  “Park Avenue” may not be the present Park Boulevard.

Historic Conference:
    Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church

Journal references:
   
1910,16 – new Sunday School room added

Brief History:
    The building was erected in 1903.  The journal states that the 1910 SS room opened onto the sanctuary to give a total seating capacity of “over 500.”  Apparently the congregation did not prosper and services were discontinued about 1911, but they may have been restarted at a later date.

Final disposition:
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Berwick Unity Mission ME

Description: Description: Description: berwick

Location: 910 Warren Street
Municipality:
borough of Berwick
County:
Columbia
State:
PA

Directions: 
     Warren Street crosses Front Street (US 11) and Orange Street (PA 93) about 8 blocks west of Market Street.  Proceed north on Warren Street from either intersection to Fourth Avenue.  The site is on the southeast corner of Warren Street and Fourth Avenue.

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Journal references:

Brief History:
      This Slavic Mission began in 1905 when a Polish deaconess was assigned to West Berwick.  A chapel was erected in 1909 and a substantial settlement house was added in 1923.  Foreign language pastors were appointed to the work 1913-1935.  A history of the mission is given the “Home Missionary Edith Orvis: The Soul of Berwick’s Unity Mission” article in the 2007 volume of The Chronicle, pages 86-96.

Final disposition:
      The structure was sold and has been converted into an apartment complex of approximately 12 units.


Brandon ME

Description: Description: Description: brandon

Location: Central Road
Municipality:
Sugarloaf township
County:
Columbia
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From the intersection of PA 118 and PA 42, go 5 miles east of PA 118 to Central Road.  Go ½ mile north on Central Road.  The building is on the right.

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
    
1995,221 – merged into Central

Brief History:
     

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Center EV

Description: Description: Description: center

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County:
Columbia
State:
PA

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Central ME

Description: Description: Description: central

Location:
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County:
Columbia
State:
PA

Directions: 
     The structure stood on the right side of the road, just after making the right turn at the north end of Central onto the road to Jamison City.

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:

Brief History:
      This structure was erected about 1865 and named Simpson Chapel.  The Methodist Episcopal congregation later purchased and moved into the Methodist Protestant building in the south end of town.  Simpson Chapel was dissembled in 1928 and rebuilt as a hunting cabin in Elk Grove, just across the bridge.

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Central MP

Description: Description: Description: central

Location:
Municipality:

County:
Columbia
State:
PA

Directions: 
    

Historic Conference:
     Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church

Journal references:
     1922,52 – declared extinct
     1923,58 – sold for $750

Brief History:
     This structure was erected in 1887 and later sold to the Methodist Episcopal congregation.

Final disposition:
     This building, improved and enlarged, is now home to Christ United Methodist Church.


Chestnut Ridge ME

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County:
Columbia
State:
PA

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Coles Creek MP

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County:
Columbia
State:
PA

Directions: 
    

Historic Conference:
    Eastern Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church
    

Journal references:
    1922,52 – declared extinct
    1923,58 – building (not including land) sold for $175

Brief History:
     

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Divide Sylvan Chapel ME

Description: Description: Description: divide

Location: community of Divide
Municipality:
Jackson township
County:
Columbia
State:
PA

Directions: 
     The church is on the old main road.

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:

Brief History:
      This property was deeded to the Methodists in 1893, and a church building was erected.  The Methodist Episcopal Church stopped supplying preachers here in the 1920’s, and in 1936 the building was sold to the Divide Union Church.

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Elk Grove ME

Description: Description: Description: elk grove

Location: community of Elk Grove
Municipality:
Sugarloaf township
County:
Columbia
State:
PA

Directions: 
     Elk Grove no longer exists as a town.  Traveling from Central, turn left on the first “street” (just after crossing the second bridge) in Elk Grove.  At the end of this street, turn left (behind an existing cabin) onto the “street” that parallels the creek.  The church stood on the second lot on the left.

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Journal references:

Brief History:
      Financial contributions are listed from this class are listed in the conference journals as late as 1909.  The property is not listed in the 1915 journal listing of appointments/properties.

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Espy Zion EV

Description: Description: Description: espy

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County:
Columbia
State:
PA

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Fairview MP

Description: Description: Description: fairview

Location:
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County:
Columbia
State:
PA

Directions: 
    

Historic Conference:
    Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church
    

Journal references:
     1893,9 – church building dedicated
     1922,52 – declared extinct

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Fisherdale UB

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Address: 268 Fisherdale Road, community of Fisherdale
Municipality:
Cleveland township
County:
Columbia
State:
PA

Directions:
     From Catawissa, go south on PA 42 through Numidia.  Proceed south on PA 42 from Numidia 1.5 miles to Bear Gap Road.  Go west on Bear Gap Road 1.7 miles to Fisherdale Road. Go north 0.25 miles on Fisherdale Road.  The church is on the left.

Historic Conference:
    
East Pennsylvania Conference of the United Brethren Church

Journal References:
     2013,149 – merged into Catawissa Mt. Zion
     2014,S-30 & S-38 – all members transferred to Mt. Zion

Brief History:

Final Disposition:

 


Foundryville ME

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Address: Foundryville Road, community of Foundryville
Municipality:
Briar Creek township
County:
Columbia
State:
PA

Directions:

Historic Conference:
    
Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:

Brief History:
      Closed July 7, 2013.

Final disposition:
      The property was sold 10/18/2013 to adjacent property owner Dean Youlls Jr. for $5001.


Freewill UB

Description: Description: Description: free wil

Location: 853 Old Reading Road
Municipality:
Roaring Creek township
County:
Columbia
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From Catawissa, go south on PA 42 2.5 miles to Kulp Road.  Go east on Kulp Road (following the main flow around curves) 1.5 miles until the last curve leads onto Old Reading Road.  Go south on Old Reading Road 1.5 miles.  The building is on the left, next to the cemetery.

Historic Conference:
     East Pennsylvania Conference of the United Brethren Church

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Greenwood EV

Description: Description: Description: GreenwoodEV

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County:
Columbia
State:
PA

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Guava EV

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Location:
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County:
Columbia
State:
PA

Directions: 
    

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Evangelical Church

Journal references:
     1929,57 – sold at sheriff’s sale

Brief History:
     

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Hamline ME

Description: Description: Description: hamline

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Columbia
State:
PA

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Ikeler ME

Description: Description: Description: ikler

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Columbia
State:
PA

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Iola ME

Description: Description: Description: iola

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Columbia
State:
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Jamison City ME

Description: Description: Description: jamison city

Location: community of Jamison City
Municipality:
Sugarloaf township
County:
Columbia
State:
PA

Directions: 
      Jamison City is now essentially a ghost town.  The building stands at the southeast corner of Third and Broad Streets.  The parsonage for the circuit stood on the north side of Water Street, the fourth lot east of Third Street.

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:

Brief History:
      The cornerstone reads “ME Church  September 10, 1893”

Final disposition:
    
The building is now a hunting camp.
    


Kile EV 

Location:
Municipality:
Sugarloaf township
County:
Columbia
State:
PA

Directions: 
    

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Evangelical Association
    

Journal references:
    
East Pennsylvania Conference of the Evangelical Association
            1898, 19 – authorized to take out mortgage

Brief History:
     The church was on the Waller charge.  The congregation met in the Kile school house along Fishing Creek before erecting a church building in the early 1890’s.  The land has been given by John W. Kile, and the building erected, before the 1894 denomination split – but before the formal transfer of the deed.  When Kile and the majority of the congregation sided with the United Evangelicals, they attempted to maintain control of the structure – but they were taken to court by the Evangelical Association.  The courts ruled that giving permission to build the church was implied transfer of the deed, and the Association kept the property during the 1894-1922 split.  The congregation never was strong, and the building was finally sold at a sheriff’s sale in 1928 to satisfy a mortgage.
     

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Lime Ridge Bethany EV

Description: Description: Description: lime ridge

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County:
Columbia
State:
PA

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Mainville ME

Description: Description: Description: mainville

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County:
Columbia
State:
PA

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McIntyre ME

Description: Description: Description: mcintgre

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Columbia
State:
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Numidia Trinity ME

Description: Description: Description: numidia trinity

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Columbia
State:
PA

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Rupert ME

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Columbia
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Salem EV

Description: Description: Description: salem

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Columbia
State:
PA

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Slabtown ME

Description: Description: Description: slabtown

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Columbia
State:
PA

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St. Paul's UB

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Address: Esther Furnace Road
Municipality:
Cleveland township
County:
Columbia
State:
PA

Directions:
     From Catawissa, go south 3.5 miles on PA 487 to Ashton Hollow Road.  Turn left onto Ashton Hollow Road and follow the signs to Lake Glory Campground (Ashton Hollow Road to Hemlock Road to Eisenhower Road).  Immediately after passing the lake, turn left into Esther Furnace Road and proceed 0.5 miles.  The church is on the left, across Roaring Creek.

Historic Conference:
     East Pennsylvania Conference of the United Brethren Church

Journal References:
     2013,149 – merged into Catawissa Mt. Zion
     2014,S-30 & S-38 – all members transferred to Mt. Zion

Brief History:

Final Disposition:

 


Stillwater ME

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County:
Columbia
State:
PA

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Talmar Wesley Chapel ME

Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: X:\image\open_churches\lycoming\takmar.jpg

Address: village of Talmar
Municipality:
Pine township
County:
Columbia
State:
PA

Directions:
     From the intersection of PA 118 and PA 42, go 1 miles south on PA 42 to Talmar Road.  Go east 1 mile on Talmar road to the crossroad with Woods Road.  The church is on the northwest corner of Woods Road and Talmar Road.

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal References:

Brief History:
     This grove was selected and used for a campmeeting site in 1847.  The following spring a chapel was erected.  The building was rebuilt in 1893.  In the early 1900’a the appointment was on the Jamison City charge.  It was then on the large 7-point Muncy Valley charge until being placed on the former EUB Unityville charge in 1968.  In 2014, the congregation merged into Pine Summit – a sister congregation which had also been transferred from Muncy Valley to Unityville in 1969.

Final Disposition:

 


Waller EV

Description: Description: Description: waller

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County:
Columbia
State:
PA

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White's ME

Description: Description: Description: white

Location:
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County:
Columbia
State:
PA

Directions: 
    

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Journal references:
     1958,159 – entitled party declines to claim property by the reversion clause; no further action

Brief History:
     

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