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HUNTINGDON COUNTY PA


1. Asbury ME

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Location: PA 944, village of Eagle Foundry
Municipality:
Todd township
County:
Huntingdon
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From Huntingdon, go 17 miles south on PA 26 to PA 944.  Go 10 miles east on PA 944.  The church is on the right.

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
     1883,47 – building erected
     1970,260 – no longer listed in journal statistics
     1980,A80 – enters “closed” list
     1986,213 – permission to sell
     1988,339 – sold 

Brief History:
    A 40x44 brick building was erected by the Methodists at this site in 1852, replacing a log building erected at nearby Mount Pleasant in the early 1800’s.  The 1852 building was replaced in 1883 by this more “modern” 30x40 brick structure.

Final disposition:
     


2. Barree ME

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Location: village of Barree
Municipality:
Porter township
County:
Huntingdon
State:
PA

Directions: 
     The village of Alexandria is off US 22, 7 miles west of Huntingdon.  From the village of Alexandria, go west on Main Street to the end of town.  Turn north on Barree Road and go 3 miles to the village of Barree.  Proceed to the end of the village, where Barree Raod makes a left turn to cross the river.  Turn right just before the left turn to cross the river, and go 1 block.  The church is on the right.

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:

Brief History:
     Regular Methodist meetings appear to have been held in the village dating from the Civil War period.  The church building was erected in 1889 and officially named the Elizabeth Watson Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church.  The congregation was alays in a charge with Alexandria and/or Petersburg.  On July 1, 2006, the congregation united with Alexandria to form Hope UMC, meeting in the Alexandria building.

Final disposition:
     


3. Birmingham ME

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Location: Furnace Street
Municipality:
borough of Birmingham
County:
Huntingdon
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From Tyrone, go 3 miles east on PA 453.  The village of Birmingham is up on a hill to the left.  Go up the hill on Tyrone Street to the first cross street, which is Market Street.  Turn left on Market Street and go 2 blocks to Furnace Street.  Turn right on Furnace Street and go 2 blocks.  The church is on the left.

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:

Brief History:
      Birmingham was once the major community in the region.  There was a Birmingham District of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and a Birmingham circuit that included the entire Altoona-Tyrone area.  Methodist meetings were held in Birmingham soon after the building of the stone school house in 1818.  A class was organized about 1830, and the first building was erected in 1833 on the southwest corner of the present lot.  The present structure was dedicated in 1873.

Final disposition:
      The church building was supposedly sold to the Grier School about 1970 and is used for storage.  The ownership of the surrounding cemetery was unclear for many years, but since 2004 has been the property and responsibility of the Birmingham Cemetery Association.


4. Birmingham UB

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Location: Furnace Street
Municipality:
borough of Birmingham.
County:
Huntingdon
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From Tyrone, go 3 miles east on PA 453.  The village of Birmingham is up on a hill to the left.  Go up the hill on Tyrone Street to the first cross street, which is Market Street.  Turn left on Market Street and go 2 blocks to Furnace Street.  Turn right on Furnace Street and go 1 blocks.  The site is on the left.

Historic Conference:
     Allegheny Conference of the United Brethren in Christ  

Journal references:
     1912,98 – permission to sell
    
1913,113 – sold for $216

Brief History:
     This congregation was organized in 1870 by Elias A. Zeek, who later became an ordained traveling minister.  The church building was erected in 1871.

Final disposition:
     A modern house now occupies the site.


5. Black Log Valley UB

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Location: Blacklog Valley Road
Municipality:
Shirley township or Cromwell township
County:
Huntingdon
State:
PA

Directions: 
 

Historic Conference:
    Allegheny Conference of the United Brethren Church

Journal references:
   
1895,13 - class formed

Brief History:
    Blacklog Valley is an isolated valley 20 miles long, part in Huntingdon County and part in Juniata County, with one entrance at each end.  According to the 1895 conference journal, there was a United Brethren class in Blacklog Valley: "One grove meeting was held in Black Log Valley.  A new society was formed, and there is a prospect of a new charge."  The United Brethren work spread into Blacklog Valley from the west, and is assumed to have occurred in Huntingdon County, in either Shirley township or Cromwell township.  There is no evidence that the United Brethren owned any property in connection with this apparently short-lived appointment.

Final disposition:
      Unknown.   


6. Bush Chapel ME  
    [Hawn’s Bridge ME]

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Location: [Raystown Lake]
Municipality:
Juniata township
County:
Huntingdon
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From PA 26 in the southern end of McConnellstown, go east on Station Road 0.4 miles to Turkey Farm Road.  Go south on Turkey Farm Road 0.1 miles to Orchard Road.  Go east on Orchard Road 1.0 miles to Piney Ridge Road, at which point the road becomes Parks Road.  Continue east, straight across Piney Ridge Road on Parks Road. 1.0 miles until the road ends at Raystown Lake.  The church stood on the right side of this road, about 0.5 miles into the lake, just across the now submerged Hawn’s bridge over the original river.  The picture above was taken approaching Hawn’s bridge from the east, and shows the church on the left side of the road.

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
     1898,66 – new church erected
     1933,61 – permission to sell
     1936,76 – permission to sell

Brief History:
     The original building was destroyed by fire July 4, 1907, and replaced by a structure that was dedicated May 10, 1908.  The last reported membership was 7 in 1934.  The building was already unused when it was severely damaged by the flood of 1936.  In 1938 the property was sold to a community group for $1.00 on condition that they restore the building and that it revert to the Methodists should it be abandoned again.  The congregation eventually became part of a two-point Christian and Missionary Alliance (CMA) charge with Hesston.  When the Raystown Lake project was scheduled to place the property under water about 1970, the Hawn’s Bridge and Hesston congregations unite dto build the Valley View CMA church on the ridge.

Final disposition:
      The property is now covered by Raystown Lake.


7. Calvin Otterbein UB

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Location: PA 829, south of Calvin
Municipality:
Cass township
County:
Huntingdon
State:
PA

Directions: 
        Calvin is an unincorporated community on PA 829 3.0 miles north of Cassville.  This building was located ¾ miles south of Calvin, on the east side of PA 829.

Historic Conference:
        Allegheny Conference of the United Brethren Church

Journal references:
  
  1926,82&88 – referred to conference trustees as a vacant property

Brief History:
    In 1858-59 a United Brethren society was formed in the northern part of Cass township, and for some years they worshiped in the Harmony Grove school house near Calvin.  In 1868 they erected this house of worship, which advertised a seating capacity of 300.  Fulton’s 1931 History of the Allegheny Conference states: “The Otterbein church is a frame building situated in the Trouigh Creek Valley, near Calvin, and has a value of $1,000.  The membership of the class is eight.”

Final disposition:
     The building was apparently still usable in 1952 as there are several newspaper references to the Assemblies of God denomination holding VBS and special services in the “Calvin Otterbein Church” and/or the “Otterbein United Brethren Church in Calvin.”  Only the basement remains, and it is used for storage.
    


8. Cassville MP

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Location: 42 Water Street
Municipality:
borough of Cassville
County:
Huntingdon
State:
PA

Directions: 
     Cassville is on PA 829, 7 miles north of Saltillo.  Water Street is PA 829.  The church is on the west side of the highway, a few hundred yards north of where Seminary Street (the only other main road in town) goes off to the west.

Historic Conference:
     Maryland Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church (1833-1865)
     Pittsburgh Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church (1865-1901)
     Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church (1901-1939)

Journal references:

Brief History:
      This congregation was organized in 1833 and became the home church of the Cassville MP charge (at times also called the Juniata charge and the Trough Creek charge). 
      At the 1939 union, the charge consisted of five appointments as follows.
1. Cassville – joined the Bible Protestant denomination
2. Coles Valley (organized in 1844 but never had a church building; met in the schoolhouse near
    the Coles Valley cemetery) – congregation disbanded
3. Cooks – participated in the union that formed the Methodist denomination
4. Harmony Chapel – became a Church of God congregation
5. Meadow Green – congregation disbanded, building sold to the Mennonites
     Other long-standing appointments on the charge were
Dudley – met in non-sectarian church building erected in 1867, ceased to exist by 1908
Hare’s Valley [aka Stony Point] – organized in 1842 , erected a building in 1855
Saltillo –organized in 1873, met in Union Hall

Final disposition:
     


9. Centre Line UB
    [a.k.a. Bethesda Chapel]

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Location: PA 550
Municipality:
Warrior’s Mark township
County:
Huntingdon
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From Warrior’s Mark, go 4 miles north on PA 550.  The church is on the east side of the road, just before the Centre County line.

Historic Conference:
     Allegheny Conference of the United Brethren Church   
     Western Pennsylvania Conference of the EUB Church

Journal references:
     1991,222 - discontinued

Brief History:
    
United Brethren preaching here began in the 1830’s.  The appointment was dropped for a while because of low membership, but then re-instated.  According to Africa’s 1883 History of Huntingdon County: “In 1860 the Rev. W.S.H. Keys dedicated the present Bethesda Chapel, a plain frame building twenty-eight by thirty-eight feet, erected at a cost of eight hundred dollars.  The building committee was composed of Samuel Stine, Samuel Stine Jr., and David Buck.  In the summer of 1877 the home was remodeled.”  According to Fulton’s 1931 History of the Allegheny Conference: “The church was built in 1870, on ground donated by Mr. Stine.”  As William S.H. Keys transferred to the East Pennsylvania Conference in 1862, the 1860 date appears to be correct.  The church was always part of the Port Matilda charge, the other churches being in Centre County, until 1985 – when it was placed on the Half Moon charge with the former Methodist churches in the valley.  The appointment was discontinued in 1991.

Final disposition:
  The building was sold in 1995 and has been used for storage and as a meat shop.
     


10. Cooks MP

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Address: 5331 Bollinger Road
Municipality:
Todd township
County:
Huntingdon
State:
PA

Directions:
     From Three Springs, go 7 miles west on PA 994 to the crossroads with Cooks Road.  Go south 0.4 miles on Cooks Road to Bollinger Road.  The church is on the northwest corner of Cooks Road and Bollinger Road.

Historic Conference:
     Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church

Journal references:
     1921,40 – building dedicated

Brief History:
     This building was dedicated September 11, 1921.  In the 1939 denominational union with the Methodist Episcopal Church, this was the only Methodist Protestant congregation on the Cassville charge that opted to become part of the newly created Methodist Church.  The congregation was never large and for its last few years had been part of a rural charge that rotated its Sunday services between the various buildings:
 Wood, Broad Top City and Robertsdale (which closed in 2004).  A deconsecration service was held December 18, 2016.

Final disposition:

 


11. Cromwell UB

Cromwell Church Cemetery 

Location: Cromwell Church Road
Municipality:
Springfield township
County:
Huntingdon
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From Hustontown in Fulton County, go 5.5 miles north on PA 475 to the county line and Cromwell Church Road.  Go east on Cromwell Church Road 0.5 miles.  The church is on the right, in a large clearing, where Wertheim Road and the main traffic flow goes off to the north.

Historic Conference:
    Allegheny Conference of the United Brethren Church 

Journal references:
    1926,88 – referred to conference trustees as a vacant property
  
 1945,36 – disbanded, permission to sell
    1946,126 – sold

Brief History:
     Fulton’s 1931 History of the Allegheny Conference states: “The present church called Cromwell was built in 1904, and dedicated December 11, by Dr. J.I.L. Ressler, presiding elder.  It is strictly a rural church and is valued at $1,000.  The membership of this class is eight.”

note: This is not to be confused with the independent Cromwell United Brethren Church (re-named the Cromwell United Bible Church in 1977) located in Cromwell township 3 miles of Three Springs on PA 747.  That congregation was started circa 1970 by former UB/EUB persons and a pastor who left the United Methodist denomination.

Final disposition:
     


12. Dungarvin ME 
      [a.k.a. Dry Hollow ME]

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Location: Dry Hollow Road, Village of Dungarvin
Municipality:
Warrior Mark township
County:
Huntingdon
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From Warriors Mark, go north on PA 550 1.4 miles north to Dungarvin Road (where PA 550 turns to the west).  Continue straight on Dungarvin Road 3.7 miles to its terminus at Dry Hollow Road.  The church is on the right, at the intersection of Dungarvin and Dry Hollow roads.

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
     1990,351 – discontinued
     1991,380 – sale pending
     1992,352 - sold

Brief History:
      This property was sold in 1900 by “Annie E. Mattern and her husband David” to David Mattern, David M. Lykens, David Ellenberger, W. Davis Cornelius and Elisha Houck, trustees of the Twentieth Century Methodist Episcopal Church of Dry Hollow.”  This appointment was always on the Warriors Mark charge and was never very large.  In 1985 the average weekly attendance was 8, and it was recommended that the appointment be discontinued.  The church continued in limited service, however, until finally being discontinued in 1990.

Final disposition:
      The building is now a private home.


13. Entriken ME

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Location: Entriken Road, village of Entriken
Municipality:
Lincoln township
County:
Huntingdon
State:
PA

Directions: 
     Marklesburg is 11 miles south of Huntingdon on PA 26.  From Marklesburg, go 3.5 miles south on PA 26 to Entriken Road.  Go east 0.5 miles on Entriken Road to the T in the village of Entriken.  Go south (which is still called Entriken Road) 0.25 miles.  The building is on the right.

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
     1973,99 – discontinued
     1980,A80 – closed
     1981,A76 – sold
     1982,255 – sold

Brief History:
     When the James Creek charge was dissolved in 1972, Marklesburg and Russellville were discontinued and Entriken was placed on the Trough Creek Valley for one year before being discontinued in 1973.

Final disposition:
      The building is now a private home.


14. Fairview UB

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Location:
Municipality:

County:
Huntingdon
State:
PA

Directions: 
   

Historic Conference:
      Allegheny Conference of the United Brethren Church
      Western Pennsylvania Conference of the EUB Church 

Journal references:
     1971,87 – permission to sell
     1971,97 – discontinued
     1972,303 – sold to Fairview ECNA

Brief History:
      Fulton’s 1931 History of the Allegheny Conference states: “The Fairview church dates back to the sixties.  The class numbers fifty-one, and is an aggressive rural church.  Rev. D.N. Ciampa entered the ministry from this class.  The church has a value of $1,500.”  Donald N. Ciampa became the father of five prominent United Methodist pastors, all graduates of United Theological Seminary in Dayton OH: J. Paul Ciampa, John E. Ciampa, B. Frank Ciampa, and Ralph C. Ciampa of the Western Pennsylvania Conference; Donald J. Ciampa of the Central Pennsylvania Conference. 
Final disposition:

     During the consolidation and reorganization following the EUB-Methodist union in 1968, the conference appears to have underestimated the vitality of this congregation, which purchased the building and joined the Evangelical Church of North America (now known simply as the Evangelical Church) – the denomination formed by the former EUB churches in the Pacific Northwest and Northcentral states that remained out of the 1968 union.  The building now houses the Fairview Evangelical Church.


     


15. Franklinville ME

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Location: PA 45, village of Franklinville
Municipality:
Franklin township
County:
Huntingdon
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From Huntingdon, go 8.5 miles west on US 22 to Water Street and PA 453.  Go northwest on PA 453 1 mile to PA 45.  Go north on PA 45 6.5 miles to the village of Franklinville.  The site is on the right.

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
     1963,227 – sold for $4,000 [trustee minutes 10/29/1962, page 2, give the amount as $1,400]

Brief History:
     Methodist preaching was held in Franklinville at the George Matter Jr. house as early as 1803, and later in the old stone mill at Huntingdon Furnace.  About 1830 a frame meeting house was built “on the old road above Franklinville.”  After the present road was built, the building was taken down and removed to Franklinville.  The 1846 record book for Warrior’s Mark circuit lists both Franklinville and Huntingdon Furnace among its 19 appointments.

Final disposition:
      The church building has beez razed and replaced by a garden.  The home in the picture above, to the right of the church, is still standing and may be used as a reference to locate the site.


16. Germany Valley Bethel UB

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Location: Germany Valley Road
Municipality:
Shirley township
County:
Huntingdon
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From the north end of Shirleysburg, go two miles north on Germany Valley Road.  The site is on the west side of the road.

Historic Conference:
      Allegheny Conference of the United Brethren Church

Journal references:
     1884,9 – repairs made to “Bethel Chapel in Germany Valley”
     1896,25 – permission to vacate and sell

Brief History:
   

Final disposition:
     


17. Greenwood Furnace ME

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Location: PA 305, village of Greenwood Furnace
Municipality:
Jackson township
County:
Huntingdon
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From the intersection of PA 26 and PA 305 at McAlevy’s Fort, go 6 miles east on PA 305 to Greenwood Furnace State Park.  The church is on the right.

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:

Brief History:
     This building was erected in 1867 and stopped being used for worship when the furnace closed in 1905.  It appears that the Methodists built and owned the church building, but the land was always the property of the furnace company.  In 1907 the church building was sold to furnace company for $30.   The structure was used for storage until it was restored in 1928 after the State of Pennsylvania purchased property for a state park.  There was an organized Methodist class in existence here as early as 1864, but where they met prior to the erection of the church building is not known.  

Final disposition:
      The structure is part of the Greenwood Furnace State Park.


18. Hare's Valley MP
      [aka Stony Point MP]

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Location: Hare’s Valley Road [PA 655]
Municipality:
Union township
County:
Huntingdon
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From Mapleton, go south on PA 655 [Hare’s Valley Road] 4 miles. The building was located about ½ mile south of the 1879 Beech Run Church of the Brethren pictured above, but its exact location has not been identified.  The site is assumed to be the one on the east side of the road (erroneously) marked “M.E. Church” in the 1873 county atlas.  
NOTE: Pictured above is Beech Run Church of the Brethren erected in 1879, not the 1855 Methodist Protestant building (which was one of the places where the Brethren congregation met before erecting their own building).   

Historic Conference:
      Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church

Journal references:

Brief History:
     This society was organized in 1842 and first met in a school house in Smith Valley.  The leading members included William Smith, Eliel Smith, J. Smith and Maley Smith.  In 1855 they moved into their wooden chapel, constructed by A.W. Swope, which supposedly was able to seat 200 people.  The 1966 Mapleton Centennial book reports that it was “located about four miles south of Mapleton in Hare’s Valley at Stony Point” and “still in existence in 1883, but as of today all traces of its location have disappeared.”
   

Final disposition:
     


19. Harmony MP

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Location: Harmony Church Road
Municipality:
Union township
County:
Huntingdon
State:
PA

Directions: 
      Calvin is on PA 829. 3 miles north of Cassville.  From the main intersection in Calvin, go north 0.1 miles to Lorry Road.  Go west on Lorry Road 0.1 miles to the T at Harmony Church Road.  Go north on Harmony Church Road 50 feet.  The church is on the west side of the road.

Historic Conference:
        Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church

Journal references:

Brief History:
       This society was organized in 1833.  The leading members included Jesse Wright MD, G.W. Hazzard and Z. Pheasant.  Rev. Hugh Doyle served part of the year 1833, and the above mentioned Dr. Wright complete the term.  This Methodist Protestant congregation did not participate in the 1939 union with the Methodist Episcopal denomination to form the Methodist Church, and affiliated with the Church of God.

Final disposition:
      This is now a Church of God church building.


20. Hesston ME

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Location: village of Hesston
Municipality:
Penn township
County:
Huntingdon
State:
PA

Directions: 
   

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:

Brief History:
   

Final disposition:
     


21. Hill Valley UB

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Location: PA 747, 4 miles north of Three Springs
Municipality:
Cromwell township
County:
Huntingdon
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From the center of Three Springs, go about 4 miles north on PA 747.  The site is on the west side of the highway, in a clump of trees immediately after a large open space enclosed by a wooden fence.

Historic Conference:
    
Allegheny Conference of the United Brethren Church   
     Western Pennsylvania Conference of the EUB Church   

Journal references:
  
  1926,82&88 – referred to conference trustees as a vacant property
     1963,108 – permission to abandon and raze the building
     1963,132 – remaining 18 members transferred out, mostly to Three Springs

Brief History:
      Fulton’s 1931 History of the Allegheny Conference states: “The Hill Valley church is a frame structure.  It was dedicated by Rev. T.P. Orner, November 8, 1892.  The membership is nineteen, and the church as a value of $1,000.  It is strictly a rural church.”  The area was always rural, and the membership always hovered around 20.  At several low points, services were discontinued and the building considered vacant property.  Services were finally discontinued for good in 1961. 

Final disposition:
      The site is completely overgrown, and the steps pictured above are no longer discernible.


22. Huntingdon Furnace ME

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Location: village of Huntingdon Furnace
Municipality:
Franklin township
County:
Huntingdon
State:
PA

Directions: 
          From Huntingdon, go 8.5 miles west on US 22 to Water Street and PA 453.  Go northwest on PA 453 1 mile to PA 45.  Go north on PA 45 6  miles to Huntingdon Furnace Road.  Go west on Huntingdon Furnace Road for 2 miles.

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
     1915,68 – listed as a union building, owned in part, on Pine Grove Mills charge

Brief History:
    The first Sunday School in the area was opened in the old stone mill at Huntingdon Furnace about 1821 and had a large attendance.  The exact years the building was in service are not known, but the 1846 record book for Warrior’s Mark circuit lists both Franklinville and Huntingdon Furnace among its 19 appointments – and the June 20, 1900, Altoona Tribune, page 7, mentions a program “by the Methodists in their church at Huntingdon Furnace.”

Final disposition:
     
There is no evidence left of a church building.
     


23. Latta Grove UB

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Location: Hare’s Valley Road [PA 655], community of Latta Grove
Municipality:
Cass township
County:
Huntingdon
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From Saltillo, go north 6 miles on PA 655 to the community of Latta Grove.  The church is on the left.

Historic Conference:
     Allegheny Conference of the United Brethren Church   
     Western Pennsylvania Conference of the EUB Church

Journal references:

Brief History:
    Fulton’s 1931 History of the Allegheny Conference states: “The present church at Latta Grove was dedicated by Rev. J.A. Clemm, October 17, 1886.  It is a frame building and has a value of $1,5oo.  The membership is eighty-eight.  This is a rural church and the membership is wide awake and aggressive.”

Final disposition:
     


24. Maddensville Wesley Chapel ME

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Location: Elliots Run Road, just north of Maddensville
Municipality:
Springfield township
County:
Huntingdon
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From Hustontown, go 8 miles north on PA 475 to Elliots Run Road just north of the village of Maddensville, where PA 475 makes a right turn.  Go straight onto Elliots Run Road for 100 yards.  The site is on the left.

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
    
1954,55 – declared abandoned; authorization to sell

Brief History:
     This was a frame building erected in 1855 – services prior to that being held in the school house. Africa’s 1883 History of Huntingdon County reports a membership of 15, with preaching from Three Springs on alternate Sabbaths.  Wesley Chapel was part of the Hustontown charge when it was closed.  The 9/23/54 Fulton County News reported: “The Maddensville Methodist Church trustees will sell the church at public auction on October 1.”

Final disposition:
     


25. Marklesburg ME

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Location: 15347 Raystown Road [PA 26]
Municipality:
borough of Marklesburg
County:
Huntingdon
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From the interchange of US 22 with PA 26 at the southwest end of Huntingdon, go 11 miles south on PA 26 to Marklesburg.  The church is on the east side of PA 26.

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
     1971,97 – discontinued
     1975(1),116 – sold

Brief History:
       Rev. Robert Beers of the Cassville circuit began preaching in Marklesburg in 1847 and organbized a class of 6 members.  A church building was erected and dedicated in the summer of 1852.When the James Creek charge was dissolved in 1972, Marklesburg and Russellville were discontinued and Entriken was placed on the Trough Creek Valley for one year before being discontinued in 1973.

Final disposition:
       This building is now the home of the James Creek Church of the Brethren,


26. McKendree ME

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Location: McKendree Church Road
Municipality:
Cromwell township
County:
Huntingdon
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From Orbisonia, go 3 miles eats on PA 994 to village of Pogue and McKendree Church Road, the first road after crossing Aughwick Creek.  So south 1 mile om McKendree Church Road.  The church is on the left

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
     2013,149 – closed 5/31/12

Brief History:
     This class was formed in 1832, with Benedict Stevens Sr. as the class leader and the original members being from the Stevens, Boher and Chilcoate families.  The chapel was erected 1843/4 at a cost of $900.

Final disposition:
     


27. Meadow Green MP

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Location: 20836 Shore Valley Road
Municipality:
Clay township
County:
Huntingdon
State:
PA

Directions: 
       From Three Springs, go 4 miles west on PS 944 to Shore Valley Road.  Go south on Shore Valley Road 0.5 miles.  The church is on the west side of the road.

Historic Conference:
       Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church

Journal references:

Brief History:
       This congregation was organized in the Harmony Grove school house 1853 with the following members: D. Price, James Stevens, James Shore, John B. Moreland.  The date of the church building is unknown, but it apparently was after 1883 [when Africa’s History of Huntingdon County reports they were still meeting in the Meadow Green school house] and before 1888 [when the 8/4/1888 Tyrone Herald reported “A miscreant deposited in the cellar of the Methodist, Protestant church, at Meadow Green, Huntingdon county, the carcass of a skunk and a portion of a dead cow, with a view of driving out the Sunday school and breaking up the church service.”]

Final disposition:
      This is now a Mennonite church building.


28. Monroe ME

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Address: Monroe Valley Road
Municipality:
Cromwell township
County:
Huntingdon
State:
PA

Directions:
     From the borough of Three Springs, go 2.5 miles north on PA 747 to Laurel Hollow Road.  Go east on Laurel Hollow Road 0.5 miles to Monroe Valley Road.  Go north on Monroe Valley Road 1 mile.  The church and cemetery are on the left, 100 yards up a service road.

Historic Conference:
    
Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
     2010,43 – discontinued
     2012,241 – sold to Moroe Valley Cemetery Association

Brief History:
     This class met in private homes, most notably the home of pioneer class leader William Chilcoate, and the schoolhouse until the chapel was erected in 1838.  The congregation was faithful, but never large and gradually decreased in numbers over the years.  In 2009 the remaining members voted to close as of September 1, with any members who had not withdrawn or transferred by that date to be automatically transferred to Orbisonia.

Final disposition:
     The property was deeded to the Monroe Valley Cemetery Association in December 2011.  For several years, the church building continued to be used by the Association for their annual meeting.  Because of serious structural damage and no funding to make repairs, the decision was made April 2015 to remove the building.  


29. Mooresville ME

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Location: village of Mooresville
Municipality:
West township
County:
Huntingdon
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From Huntingdon, go 14 miles north on PA 26 to Ennisville and PA 305.  Go 7.5 miles west on PA 305 to Mooresville.  At the T in Mooresville, turn north and go 50 yards.  The site is on the left.

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
     2009,169 – merged into Manor Hill

Brief History:
      W. Lee Spottswood of the Huntingdon circuit began preaching in the Mooresville area in 1852, often preaching in the woods behind the old school house.  By 1854 the appointment included 36 full members and 23 probationers, and a church building was erected.  In 1873 a campground was purchased, tents were erected, and a dining hall was built.  The camp meeting prospered for 25 years before running its course.  In 1899 Rev. W.C. Karns was instrumental in having the oak trees cut for lumber and the camp grounds sold.  The proceeds were used to build a new parsonage in Mooresville , and the old charge parsonage in Manor Hill was sold.

Final disposition:
     The church building stood to the right of the fire company.  The building was sold to the fire company and razed, and the site is now the grassy lot between the firehouse and the parking lot.


30. Mt. Nebo UB

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Location: Nebo Road
Municipality:
Shirley township
County:
Huntingdon
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From the intersection of US 22 and US 522 at Mt. Union, go 4 miles south on US 522 to Nebo Road.  Go west ¼ mile on Nebo Road.  The church is on the right.

Historic Conference:
     Allegheny Conference of the United Brethren Church  
     Western Pennsylvania Conference of the EUB Church

Journal references:
     1972,97 – discontinued
     1977,A74 – sale denied
     1980,A79 – sold to Shirleysburg UMC
     1981,A76/298 – sold to Mount Union Area Historical Society
     1982,260 – back on “closed” list
     1983,272 – sold to Mount Union Area Historical Society
     1990,353 – back on “abandoned” list
     1991,379 – sold to Mount Union Area Historical Society

Brief History:
    Rev. Isaiah Potter of the Juniata circuit organized the Mt. Nebo class January 20,1848, with 12 charter members.  They met in a school house on the site of the present building.  Construction of the church building was begun in 1851 and completed in 1853.  James King, one of the original 12 members and the first Sunday School superintendent, died in 1852 and was buried in the cemetery before the church was completed.

Final disposition:
    
As may be surmised from the confusing journal references above, there may still be some loose ends.  It appears that the Mount Union Area Historical Society owns and maintains the church building and the portion of the cemetery on the same side of the road as the church, and that the Shirleysburg UMC owns and is responsible for the portion of the cemetery on the south side of the road.
     


31. Mt. Peasant ME

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Location: PA 944
Municipality:
Todd township
County:
Huntingdon
State:
PA

Directions: 
    The site is on the north side of PA 944, about halfway between Cooks Corners and Eagle Foundry.

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:

Brief History:
    
A Methodist Episcopal class existed in the area in the very early 1800’s.  A log church was erected by the Methodists and used until 1852, when a brick church was erected at Eagle Foundry and named Asbury Chapel.  The log church appears to have continued in limited use for a while – especially for funerals, as the cemetery remained active.

Final disposition:
      A small, active cemetery remains at the site.


32. Mt. Union Otterbein UB

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Location: East Shirley Street
Municipality:
borough of Mt. Union
County:
Huntingdon
State:
PA

Directions: 
     Shirley Street is the old US 522.  When approaching Mt. Union from the south on US 522, bear left onto Shirley Street instead of taking the new bypass along the river.  The site is on the right, ½ block before Division Street,  and is now occupied by a bank.

Historic Conference:
    
Allegheny Conference of the United Brethren Church       

Journal references:
     1873,30 – financial difficulties
     1896,25 – permission to vacate and sell
     1898,20 – attached to South Williamsport
    
1921,98 – placed under care of the Orbisonia quarterly conference
     1922,90 – placed under care of the Orbisonia quarterly conference

Brief History:
     This class was organized and held its first meetings in 1869 in the basement of the Presbyterian meeting house.  The United Brethren church building was erected in 1871, the cornerstone laid in August, and was formally dedicated January 7, 1872, by bishop J.W. Weaver.  The cost for the lot and building, whose exact location is given in the 1873 county atlas,  was $8000.  The building put the congregation in financial difficulty from which it never fully recovered.  December 28, 1896, the structure was sold to the Odd Fellows, who took off the steeple and roof and added a second story.  In 1897 the Mt. Union charge was re-named the Juniata charge.  It appears that the congregation kept meeting (in the Odd Fellows Hall?) for another 25 years before disbanding.

Final disposition:
     


33. Mt. Zion UB

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Location: Zion Road, near Blairs Mills
Municipality:
Tell township
County:
Huntingdon
State:
PA

Directions: 
     Exit the community of Blairs Nills heading north on Allison Road.  Go 1 mile and bear left onto Zion Road.  Go ½ mile on Zion Road.  The site is on the right.

Historic Conference:
     Allegheny Conference of the United Brethren Church   
     Western Pennsylvania Conference of the EUB Church

Journal references:
    
1894,14 – church building destroyed by fire
    
1895,13 – [new] church building in use and soon ready for dedication
     1979,261 – merged into Salem
     1992,259 – razed

Brief History:
     The first Mt. Zion church building, a one-room frame building, was erected in 1852 and burned in 1894.  A second building was purchased at Bells, near Reed’s Gap, in Juniata County in 1895.  It was dismantled, hauled to the present site, and rebuilt in the same year.  In 1937 the building was remodeled: the middle entrance was built, new pews and windows were installed, the wood-burning stoves were replaced.

Final disposition:
      The church building was razed, but the cemetery remains.


34. Neelyton ME

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Location: PA 641, village of Neelyton
Municipality:
Dublin township
County:
Huntingdon
State:
PA

Directions: 
    From the intersection of US 522 and PA 641 in Shade Gap, go 3.5 miles east on PA 641 to the village of Neelyton.  The church is on the left, near the center of the village.

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
     1972,99 – merged into Shade Gap St. Luke’s

Brief History:
     Neelyton Methodism began in the spring of 1894 with the establishment of a Sunday School at the Oak Grove school house.  The cornerstone for a church building was laid in 1896, and the structure was dedicated later that same year.  A 1949 remodeling included a new furnace, new walls and floors and cabinets in the basement, new carpet and stained glass windows in the sanctuary.  Further remodeling in 1952 repositioned the pulpit and altar area, added three classrooms, and installed a sound system.  In 1956 Neelyton, Nossville, Richvale and Shade Gap were removed from the Burnt Cabins charge to form the Shade Valley charge, with the parsonage in Neelyton.  That configuration lasted until 1972.

Final disposition:
      The property was sold 12/21/1978 to William and Mary Parsons and appears to be used for storage.


35. Newburg ME  

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Location: 5810 Old Plank Road [PA 994]
Municipality:
Todd township
County:
Huntingdon
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From Three Springs, go west about 13 miles on PA 994.  The church is on the left.\, about 3 miles before PA 994 crosses the southern end of Raystown Lake.

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
     1874,41 – Newburg church dedicated after debt provided for
     1892,53 – Newburg church “renewed, repaired and refurnished… within and without”
     1972,99 – discontinued
     1980,A80 – enters “closed” list
     1988,65 – repaired for possible use
     1990,353 – enters “abandoned” list
     1991,222/380 – reorganized
     2008,219 - discontinued

Brief History:
      As early as 1830 Methodists services were held in the Newburg vicinity – sometimes in schoolhouses, but oftener in private homes. It appears that the congregation then met in the school house for many years until a church building was finally dedicated in 1874.

Final disposition:
      The property was sold 4/13/2012 for $10,500 to William and Bonita Hall.


36. Oak Grove UB

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Location: PA 655, 6 miles south of Saltillo
Municipality:
Clay township
County:
Huntingdon
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From Saltillo, go about 6 miles south on PA 655.  The building stood in the depression on the east side of the road at the intersection with Stone Valley Road, directly across from the cemetery.

Historic Conference:
     Allegheny Conference of the United Brethren Church   
     Western Pennsylvania Conference of the EUB Church

Journal references:
     1971,91 - discontinued

Brief History:
     Fulton’s 1931 History of the Allegheny Conference states: “The Oak Grove church was built under the pastorate of Rev. H.F. Reber and dedicated February 14, 1908, by Dr. J.S. Fulton.  It is a fram structure and has a value of $2,000.  Thus is a rural church with a membership of twenty.”  The area was always rural, and the membership always hovered around 20.  The church reported 9 members at the 1968 EUB-Methodist union and was discontinued in 1971.

Final disposition:
      The church has been razed and no traces of the structure remain.


37. Orbisonia UB

Location: Cromwell Street
Municipality:
borough of Orbisonia
County:
Huntingdon
State:
PA

Directions: 
    Cromwell Street is parallel to and one full block east of US 522.  The site is at the north end of town, on the east side of the street.

Historic Conference:
     Allegheny Conference of the United Brethren Church   
     Western Pennsylvania Conference of the EUB Church

Journal references:
     1981,161 – merged into Orbisonia First
     1981,298 – being sold to Masonic Lodge

Brief History:
     The church building was erected in 1858, and the Sunday School portion added 1941-43.  The congregation merged into the town’s former Methodist congregation in 1981, and the building was sold to the Masonic Lodge.

Final disposition:
     


38. Pennsylvania Furnace ME

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Location: off Whitehall Road, village of Pennsylvania Furnace
Municipality:
Franklin township
County:
Huntingdon
State:
PA

Directions: 
      From Huntingdon, go 8.5 miles west on US 22 to Water Street and PA 453.  Go northwest on PA 453 1 mile to PA 45.  Go north on PA 45 13 miles to Marengo Road and the historical marker for Pennsylvania Furnace.  Continue north on PA 45 another ¼ mile to Whitehall Road.  Go west on Whitehall Road less than 100 yards.  When Whitehall Road makes a sharp turn to the right, continue straight ahead on the dirt road.  Continue on the dirst road about 100 yards.  The site is on the left in a clump of trees.

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
     1895,53 – church at Pennsylvania Furnace repaired and reopened

Brief History:
     The Methodists built a church beside (within?) the cemetery about 1820.  In 1867 they acquired land beside the cemetery and erected a new building.  The 1873 county atlas shows the Methodist church building about 100 feet north of the cemetery.  In it unclear when the church ceased to operate.  The last time the church is mentioned in the missionary reports in 1893.  The church does not appear in the individual statistics given for 1898,1899,1900 (the only 3 years individual statistics were given until they resumed permanently in 1916), nor in the 1900 state convention map that purports to list all the churches, nor in the 1915 journal that lists all the conference appointments.

Final disposition:
      The church building was sold to John Reynolds and his brothers in 1920, and it burned at a later date.  Traditions state that the Methodists asked the Presbyterians to take care of the cemetery, which they did for many years, but the property was never transferred.  The cemetery remains but is generally in poor repair, taken care of by various service groups every few years.


39. Robertsdale ME

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Location:
Municipality:

County:
Huntingdon
State:
PA

Directions: 
   

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
     2006,233 – discontinued
     2008,323 – disposal of property

Brief History:
     This structure was erected in 1890, apparently the first building in the community not built and owned by the Rockhill Iron and Coal Company.

Final disposition:
     


40. Russellville ME

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Location: PA 26
Municipality:
Hopewell township
County:
Huntingdon
State:
PA

Directions: 
     Marklesburg is 11 miles south of Huntingdon on PA 26.  From Marklesburg, go south 7 miles on PA 26 to Dogtown Road at Russellville [a.k.a. Shy Beaver].  This is the first main rod to the left after passing a cemetery on the right.  The site is on the northeast corner of PA 26 and Dogtown Road.  The is a boat sales/storage on the south east corner.

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
     1972,99 – discontinued
     1980,A80 – closed
     1982,256 – considered for sale
     1983,272 – sold
     1984,290 – not sold, re-entered closed list
     1990,350 – sold to Francis and Delores Kurtz for $4,500

Brief History:
     When the James Creek charge was dissolved in 1972, Marklesburg and Russellville were discontinued and Entriken was placed on the Trough Creek Valley for one year before being discontinued in 1973.

Final disposition:
      The church building has been razed and the lot is empty.


41. Saltillo ME

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Location:
Municipality:

County:
Huntingdon
State:
PA

Directions: 
   

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:

Brief History:
   

Final disposition:
     


42. Saltillo MP

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Location:
Municipality:

County:
Huntingdon
State:
PA

Directions: 
   

Historic Conference:
        Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church

Journal references:

Brief History:
      This class was organized by Rev. J.M. Mason
in 1873, with the following charter members: Walter Cornelius, John Carl, Peter Cornelius.  It is generally believed they worshiped in Union Hall and did not have a building of their own, however at least one old picture postcard with the label “Saltillo Methodist Protestant Church” is known to exist.

Final disposition:
     


43. Seven Stars ME

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Location:
Municipality:

County:
Huntingdon
State:
PA

Directions: 
   

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:

Brief History:
   

Final disposition:
     


44 Shade Valley Chapel ME

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Location:
Municipality:

County:
Huntingdon
State:
PA

Directions: 
   

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:

Brief History:
   

Final disposition:
     


45. Slate Hill ME

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Location: 12977 Slate Hill Road
Municipality:
Jackson township
County:
Huntingdon
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From the intersection of PA 26 and PA 203 in McAlevy’s Fort, go 100 yards north on PA 26 to Alan Seeger Road.  Turn right onto Alan Seeger Road and go ½ mile to Powells Road (where Alan Seeger Road bears to the right).  Go straight on Powells Road ½ mile to the crossroad at Reese’s Corner.  Turn right onto Slate Hill Road and go ½ mile.  The structure is on the left.

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church       

Journal references:
     1954,129 – sold for $865; funds given to district superintendent

Brief History:
     Slate Hill [aka Piper’s Chapel] was part of the 3-point Ennisville charge (Ennisville, Slate Hill, Wesley Chapel) until 1931, when Ennisville was merged with the 4-point Manor Hill charge (Charter Oak, Donation [aka Gwynn Chapel] Manor Hill, Mooresville).  At that time Slate Hill was closed, as was Charter Oak (a schoolhouse appointment), and Donation was attached to Fifteenth Street in Huntingdon – leaving the Manor Hill charge of Ennisville, Manor Hill, Mooresville (later merged into Manor Hill to form Faith UMC) and Wesley Chapel.    

Final disposition:
      The church finally sold the property in 1953/54 to Walter H. Leidy of Johnstown PA, who remodeled it into a hunting camp – see the picture above at the right.  The Leidy’s sold the property in 1975 to the present owners, who extensively remodeled the structure into a permanent home – see the picture above at the left.


46. Sugar Grove UB

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Location:
Municipality:

County:
Huntingdon
State:
PA

Directions: 
   

Historic Conference:
       

Journal references:

Brief History:
     Fulton’s 1931 History of the Allegheny Conference states: “The Sugar Grove church stands on ground donated by Rev. R.S. Woodward.  It is a very nice county church and cost $2,000.  The class has a membership of thirty-nine, and they are awake to Kingdom interests.”

Final disposition:
     


47. Union ME

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Location:
Municipality:

County:
Huntingdon
State:
PA

Directions: 
   

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:

Brief History:
   

Final disposition:

 


48. Wakefield Chapel ME

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Location:
Municipality:

County:
Huntingdon
State:
PA

Directions: 
   

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
     1874,41Wakefiueld Chapel finished and dedicated free of debt
     1936,76 – reported sold

Brief History:
   

Final disposition:




49. Warrior Ridge ME

Location: community of Warrior Ridge
Municipality:
Logan township[
County:
Huntingdon
State:
PA

Directions: 
    From Petersburg, go south 0.2 miles on Petersburg Pike to Warrior Ridge Road.  Bear right onto Warrior Ridge Road, a dead end road that follows the railroad tracks and the Juniata River.  The community of Warrior Ridge is at the end of the road, about 2 miles.

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
     1925,72 - chapel erected

Brief History:
   
 When Jacob Gruber was assigned Huntingdon circuit in 1802, Warrior Ridge was one of the regular preaching appointments.  It is unknown how long the appointment lasted.
     In 1905, the Juniata Hydro-Electric Company of Philadelphia erected a dam and hydro- electric power plant.  A company-built and company-owned community of several houses and a chapel soon followed.    
     On November 2, 1924, a Community Chapel was dedicated at Warrior Ridge through the efforts of C.F. Himes, pastor at Petersburg, who enlisted the support of the Penn Central Light and power Company and Pennsylvania Railroad Company in the project.  The journal reports that "Pastor Himes shepherds this flock at Warrior Ridge."  It is unclear what, if any, ownership the Methodists had in the building.   
     The power company used the basement of their 1906 chapel to house electrical equipment.  When that building fell into disrepair and was torn down about 2000, the basement was preserved and covered with a tin roof and continued to house electrical equipment.  That is the building pictured above.  The exact location and fate of the 1924 Methodist building is unknown.

Final disposition: