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WAYNE COUNTY PA

In Wayne County PA, the major north-south highway PA 191 and the major east-west highway US 6 intersect at the county seat of Honesdale.  All Wayne County directions will be given from starting points on PA 191 or US 6.   


Aldenville ME

 

Location: PA 170, village of Aldenville
Municipality:
Clinton township
County:
Wayne
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From US 6, 4 miles west of Honesdale, go 5 miles north on PA 170 to the village of Aldenville.

Historic Conference:
     Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
   

Brief History:
     This building was dedicated January 3, 1856.  The property was a gift to the church the following year by Julius T. and Levi H. Alden and their wives.  The church was closed in 1972.

Final disposition:
   


Arlington Centenary ME

 

Location: PA 590, village of Arlington
Municipality:
Salem township
County:
Wayne
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From PA 191 at Hamlin, go 6 miles east on PA 590 to the village of Arlington.

Historic Conference:
     Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
   

Brief History:
     This class worshiped in homes and school houses before their church building was dedicated December 17, 1885.  Services were discontinued in 1958, and the property was sold to the cemetery association.

Final disposition:
   


Calkins Union ME

Location: village of Calkins
Municipality:
Damascus township
County:
Wayne
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From US 6, 3 miles south of Honesdale, go west 6 miles on PA 652 to Beach Lake.  At Beach Lake bear left onto Milanville Road and go 1 mile to Butternut Flats Road.  Turn left ointo Butternut Flats Road and go 5 miles to the village of Boyds Mills.  At Boyds Mills, turn left onto Boyds Mills Road and go 2 miles to Calkins Road.  Turn left onto Calkins Road, and the village of Calkins.

Historic Conference:
     Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
     1977,133 – congregation discontinued

Brief History:
     This was a union church building, serving both Baptist and the Methodist constituents.  In October 1976 the congregation voted to affiliate solely with the American Baptist denomination.  United Methodist members not expressing a desire to transfer elsewhere were assigned to the Beach Lake UMC.

Final disposition:
   


Carley Brook ME

Location:
Municipality:

County:
Wayne
State:
PA

Directions: 
    

Historic Conference:
     Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
   

Brief History:

 

Final disposition:
   




Cherry Ridge ME
[aka Hoadley’s ME]

 

Location: village of Cherry Ridge
Municipality:
Cherry Ridge township
County:
Wayne
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From PA 191, 3 miles south of Honesdale, turn west onto Owego Turnpike and go 1 mile to the village of Cherry Ridge.

Historic Conference:

     Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
   

Brief History:
     This building was erected in 1849 as a union structure owned by the Methodists and Presbyterians, but eventually it was served exclusively by the Methodists.  The Cherry Ridge charge was formed in 1852, with the pastors using rental housing until a parsonage was acquired in 1892.  Regular services were discontinued about 1935. 

Final disposition:
    
In 1946 the heirs of the original owners reclaimed the property via a reversion clause in the deed.


   


East Canaan ME

 

Location: village of East Canaan
Municipality:
Canaan township
County:
Wayne
State:
PA

Directions: 

Historic Conference:
     Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
    1945,15 – discontinued and abandoned.  East Canaan trustees directed to sell, proceeds to Conference Board of Missions.

Brief History:
     This church was on the Waymart charge.

Final disposition:
   


East Chapel ME

 

Location:
Municipality:
South Canaan township
County:
Wayne
State:
PA

Directions: 


Historic Conference:
     Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
   

Brief History:
     This chapel was dedicated January 22, 1899, on leased land one mile east of South Canaan,

Final disposition:
   


East Sterling MP

 

Location: PA 191, village of East Sterling
Municipality:
Dreher township
County:
Wayne
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From the interchange of PA 191 with I-84, go 4 miles south on PA 191 to Phillips Road, at the south end of East Sterling.  The building is on the southeast corner of PA 191 and Phillips Road.  The 1872 atlas gives the exact location.

Historic Conference:
     Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church

Journal references:    
    1922,53 – Angels, Cortez, Hollisterville, Mt. Cobb & [East] Sterling to form Hollisterville circuit
    1925,47 – new pipeless furnace installed.

Brief History:
     The East Sterling and West Sterling Methodist Protestant churches were both formed about the same time by dissenting members from the Sterling Methodist Episcopal Church.  The East Sterling Church was begun by the children and grandchildren of Matthew Bortree and is also known as the Bortree Church.  East Sterling was also once known as Bortreetown.  The church building was dedicated on November 18, 1855, and worship services and Sunday school were held every Sunday.  In 1905, the church was destroyed by arson and then rebuilt in exactly the same style as it had been.  The East Sterling MP church (part of the Hollisterville MP charge) did not participate in the 1939 union.  It was later discontinued and sold, and the building transformed into a private dwelling.

Final disposition:
   


Galilee ME

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Location: village of Galilee
Municipality:
Damascus township
County:
Wayne
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From PA 191, 3 miles north of the intersection with PA 371, turn right onto Rutledgedale Road and go 1 mile to Galilee Road.  Turn left onto Galilee Road and go 3 miles to the village of Galilee.

Historic Conference:
     Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
   

Brief History:
     This class was organized in 1840 and worshiped in a school house for 36 years before erecting a church building in 1876.  The building was dedicated January 10, 1877, and decommissioned June 29, 2003.  The congregation had dwindled over the years and had been on “limited service” since 1988.

Final disposition:
   


8. Girdland United Methodist Church

Address: village of Girdland
Municipality:
Lebanon township
County:
Wayne County
State:
PA

Directions: Exit Honesdale on Cliff Street (after US 6 crosses the Lackawaxen River at the south end of town) and go 2 miles to Bunnels Pond.  Turn left on Bunnels Pond Road and go 1 miles to Carley Brook Road.  Turn laft and go 2 miles to Carley Brook.  Girdand is 4 miles north of Carley Brook, on Carley Book Road.

Historic Conference: Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Brief History: This is an appointment on what was called the Oregon charge until it was re-named Carley Brook charge in 1899.  At one time there were four church buildings on the charge: Torrey (1849), Smith Hill (1852), Rileyville (1871), Carley Brook (1886), Girdland (1894).  Services were held in Girdland at the home of Jonathan Bryant in 1851, and regular preaching was established at the school house in 1857.  The school house was used until the present church building was erected in 1894.

 


Gravity ME

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Location: PA 296, village of Gravity
Municipality:
Lake township
County:
Wayne
State:
PA

Directions: 

Historic Conference:
     Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
     1921,77 – public hall purchased to be remodeled into worship center
     1922,91 – building dedicated March 12
     1945,15 – bequest turned over to conference trustees, proceeds to go to Hamlin Centenary building fund.

Brief History:
     This was a schoolhouse appointment for many years on the South Canaan charge.  In 1921 the congregation purchased the POSA Hall pictured above and used it until 1943, when it was sold and became a Grange Hall.  When it closed, the church was on the Lake Ariel charge.

Final disposition:
     The building is now a private home.


Hollisterville MP

 

Location: PA 590, village of Hollisterville
Municipality:
Salem township
County:
Wayne
State:
PA

Directions: 
     The church is in the west end opf Hollisterville, on the northwest corner of PA 590 and Stanet Road.  The parsonage and original church lot are on the East side of Hollisterville Road, about 100 yards south of Newville Road. 

Historic Conference:
     Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church

Journal references:   
    1922,53 – Angels, Cortez, Hollisterville, Mt. Cobb & Sterling to form Hollisterville circuit

Brief History:
    
This building originally stood on the west corner of the junction where Hollisterville road joins the Moscow road, and was the West Sterling MP Church.  It was later moved to Hollisterville and became the Hollisterville MP Church.  It was shared with the ME congregation until 1870, when that group left to worship with the Greentown ME congregation and later returned to Hollisterville to erect their own building (now Hollisterville UM Church) in 1884.  The Hollisterville MP Church did not participate in the 1939 union, and continues today as the Hollisterville Bible Church.

Final disposition:
     The 0.5 acre rectangular parsonage lot at 294 Hollisterville Road is still listed in the 2011 Wayne County tax rolls as is owned by the “Methodist Protestant Parsonage.”   The empty 0.5 acre square lot to the south is listed as owned by the “Methodist Protestant Church” and may have been site of an earlier church building.


Lakewood ME
[a.k.a. Winwood ME]

 

Location:
Municipality:
Preston township
County:
Wayne
State:
PA

Directions: 


Historic Conference:
     Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
    1964,63 – declared abandoned; permission to sell with proceeds divided between Lake Como and Shehawken

Brief History:
     The village of Winwood became known as Lakewood about 1910.  Services were begun here about 1899 and held in the schoolhouse until the church building was dedicated August 16, 1903.   The church was always on the Lake Como charge.  Lakewood last appears in the statistical tables, but with no entries, in 1962.  The property was sold in 1967 - the stained glass windows having been sold separately. and the remainder of the building having been removed.

Final disposition:
   


Little Chapel ME

 

Location:
Municipality:
Salem township
County:
Wayne
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From PA 191 in Hamlin, go 2 miles east on PA 590 to Chapman Road.  Turn north onto Chapman Road and go 2 miles to Little Chapel.

Historic Conference:
     Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
     1927,45 – permission to sell
   

Brief History:
     This chapel was conveyed to the Methodists in 1858.  The class was greatly strengthened by a revival in 1899.

Final disposition:
   


Maplewood EA

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Location: Lake Henry Road, south of the village of Maplewood
Municipality:
Lake township
County:
Wayne
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From PA 191 in Hamlin, go 2 miles west on PA 590 to PA 348.  When PA 590 bends south, go straight on PA 348 1 mile to Lake Henry Road.  Go 1.5 miles north on Lake Henry Road.  The cemetery is on the right.

Historic Conference:
     East Pennsylvania Conference of the Evangelical Association

Journal references:
    1924,36 – permission to merge with Maplewood Grace and sell the building
    1926,297 – permission to sell the church lot and cemetery

Brief History:
     This building stood by the Maplewood Evangelical Cemetery on Lake Henry Road.  The congregation divided as a result of the denominational split and the dissenters formed the Grace United Evangelical Church of Maplewood and erected their own building a short distance up the road.  When the two Wayne circuits came back together in 1922, there were two Maplewood buildings.  The United Evangelical structure being the newer and better, this congregation voted to merge into Maplewood Grace and to sell their building – which was then removed from the site.  The church lot and adjoining cemetery were sold two years later to the Cemetery Association.

Final disposition:
   
The site is now an active cemetery controlled by a cemetery association.


Maplewood Grace UE

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Location: Lake Henry Road, village of Maplewood
Municipality:
Lake township
County:
Wayne
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From PA 191 in Hamlin, go 2 miles west on PA 590 to PA 348.  When PA 590 bends south, go straight on PA 348 1 mile to Lake Henry Road.  Go 2 miles north on Lake Henry Road.  The church is on the right.

Historic Conference:
     East Pennsylvania Conference of the United Evangelical Church

Journal references:
    1969,246 50 members to Wyoming Conference


Brief History:
     This congregation was formed by those in the Maplewood Evangelical Association congregation who sided with the United Evangelicals.  They erected their own building a short distance away.  The congregations followed the example of their parent denominations and re-united in 1922, worshiping in the Grace building and selling the former Evangelical Association property.  In 1969, following the Methodist-EUB denominational union, the congregation brought 50 members into the Wyoming Conference of the United Methodist Church.  Those members joined with the 16 members of the Maplewood Methodist congregation to form the Maplewood United Methodist Church, meeting in the former Methodist building.  The Grace building has been sold and now houses an independent congregation.

Final disposition:
    Formerly home to the Calvary Bible Church, the building now houses the Avoy Christian Church.  The Maplewood Evangelical Cemetery exists on Lake Henry Road, 1 mile south of Maplewood Road.


Milanville ME

Location:
Municipality:

County:
Wayne
State:
PA

Directions: 


Historic Conference:
     Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
   

Brief History:
    

Final disposition:
   


Orson ME

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Address: PA 370, village of Orson
Municipality:
Preston township
County:
Wayne County
State:
PA

Directions:  From PA 191 1 mile south of Hancock NY, go 13 miles south on PA 370 to the crossroad at Orson.  Turn right on Oxbow Road [the road to the left is PA 670] and go ½  mile.  The church is on the left.

Historic Conference: Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal References:

Brief History:


Rileyville ME

Location: village of Rileyville
Municipality:
Lebanon township
County:
Wayne
State:
PA

Directions: 
     Rileyville is on PA 191, 10 miles north of Honesdale, at the intersection of PA 191 and PA 371.  The church is believed to have been on PA 371, about 0.5 miles west of PA 191.

Historic Conference:
     Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
   

Brief History:
     The first Methodist preaching here was in the house of Joseph Bass in the 1860’s.  A class was formed, and Mr. Bass became a licensed exhorter.  The church building was dedicated October 4, 1871.  The church was closed 1889-1894, and then reopened and placed with Galilee.  In 1896 it was placed on the Carley Brook charge, where it remained until being closed in the early 1900’s.

Final disposition:
     By 1915 the building had ceased to be used for a church and a 99 year lease was granted to Hickory Grange.  Hickory Grange is now defunct and in 2008 assigned the remaining years of its lease to the Rileyville Community Association.  When the lease was about to expire the Rileyville Community Association sought and received a quit claim deed for the property from the Susquehanna Conference UMC in September 2013.  The building is now property of the Rileyville Community Association.


South Canaan ME

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Location: Saint Tikhons Road, village of South Canaan
Municipality:
South Canaan township
County:
Wayne
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From PA 191 in Lake Ariel, take PA 296 north for 6 miles to the crossroads in the village of South Canaan.  Turn right at the cross roads and go 200 yards.  The church building is on the left.

Historic Conference:

     Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:   

Brief History:
     Methodist circuit riders began visiting this area about 1810.  Services were held in homes and the school house until a church was erected in the old cemetery (just north of the main crossroads) in 1834.  This area was severely impacted by the Methodist Protestant division.  Both factions continued worshiping in the old church until the Methodist Episcopal congregation erected the original section of the building pictured above in 1865.  A parsonage was purchased in 1871, and the South Canaan charge included church buildings at East Canaan, Gravity, South Canaan and a school house appointment at Varden.  None of the Methodist Episcopal congregations survive today, although the former Methodist Protestant congregation (which did not participate in the 1939 denominational re-union) does.

Final disposition:
    
The property was sold to the Free Methodist Church for $100 in 1942.  The nearby Simontown Free Methodist congregation (whose building stood across from the existing graveyard) moved into the building, and they were joined by the Pink Free Methodist congregation (whose building north of Lake Ariel, near the old drive-in theater, is now a hunting cabin) in 1948.  The building was raised and the basement added in the 1950’s, and the Christian education wing to the east was added in the 1960’s.  The building now houses the South Canaan Free Methodist Church, which considers the building’s Methodist Episcopal history as part of its heritage.
   


South Canaan MP

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Location: PA 296, village of South Canaan
Municipality:
South Canaan township
County:
Wayne
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From PA 191 in Lake Ariel, take PA 296 north for 6 miles to the village of South Canaan.  The church stood in the existing cemetery ½ mile north of the crossroads, on the left side of the road.

Historic Conference:
     Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church

Journal references:
     1922,53 – South Canaan & Varden form a circuit

Brief History:
    
A German Reformed congregation was founded in the area by Hans Ulrich Swengle about 1790.  That appears to have been the nucleus of the group that became Methodist and erected a meeting house here about 1823.  The congregation was affected by the 1830 denominational split, and both the Methodist Episcopal and Methodist Protestant congregations worshiped in the building until 1865, when the Methodist Episcopal Church erected its own structure.  The building continued to be Methodist Protestant until 1939, when the congregation opted out of the union that created the Methodist Church and joined the newly-formed Bible Protestant Church.

Final disposition:
   
This congregation joined with its sister congregation at Varden in 1975 to erect the present Canaan Bible Church, located at the southern end of South Canaan, just east of PA 296 on Hemlock Road.  The building at this site was razed and replaced by a monument housing the old bell and an historical plaque.


South Preston ME

 

Location:
Municipality:
Preston township
County:
Wayne
State:
PA

Directions: 
   

Historic Conference:
     Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
     1927,45 – permission to sell
   

Brief History:
     This building was dedicated December 3, 1887, on a lot donated by David Doyle.  The structure was actually the 1866 Tallmansville ME Church, which had been dismantled, moved, and re-erected slightly reduced in size.

Final disposition:
   


South Sterling ME

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Location: village of South Sterling
Municipality:
Dreher township
County:
Wayne
State:
PA

Directions: 
     South Sterling is on PA 191, 3 miles above the Monroe County line.

Historic Conference:
     Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
   

Brief History:
    
A Methodist Sunday School meeting in the school house existed in South Sterling in 1850.  A revival in 1853 resulted in the erection of a church building the following year and the formal chartering of a congregation in 1859.  In 1930 the Sterling circuit was divided and Hemlock Grove, LaAnna and South Sterling became the South Sterling charge, with a parsonage erected that year next to the church.  When the church was destroyed by fire November 27, 1979, the charge considered several options for rebuilding.  In 1981, it was decided not to rebuild: the 3 point charge was officially dissolved, most of the members transferred to Hemlock Grove, and the parsonage served the Hemlock Grove congregation until it was sold in 1986 when a new parsonage was erected next to the Hemlock Grove church.

Final disposition:
   


Stalker ME

 

Location:
Municipality:
Manchester township
County:
Wayne
State:
PA

Directions: 
     The village of Stalker is about 2 miles east of Braman

Historic Conference:
     New York Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
   

Brief History:
     It is unclear whether this Methodist building was in Wayne County PA or in Sullivan County NY.  A communication from the New York Conference reported in the 1996 History of the Equinunk Methodist Church reads as follows.  “Stalker was probably organized about 1890 and absorbed by Equinunk in 1929.  The New York Conference minutes show authorization on May 4, 1935 to sell for $250.  The best offer was $150, with the bell and furniture worth $100.”  There are also recent references in the Wayne County Historical Society minutes to a “Stalker Church” – but without denominational reference.

Final disposition:
   


Stanton Hill ME

 

Location:
Municipality:

County: Wayne
State:
PA

Directions: 
    

Historic Conference:
     Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
   

Brief History:
     This class was organized about 1855 with H.P. Stanton as the class leader.  The schoolhouse was used for worship until the church building was dedicated October 27, 1883, on land from A.R. Dix.  It appears that Mr. Dix may have actually donated a lot for a new school on the condition that the Methodists could have the old school lot on which to erect their building.

Final disposition:
   


Starrucca ME

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Location: 1 Shadigee Creek Road
Municipality:
borough of Starrucca
County:
Wayne
State:
PA

Directions: 
     Although in Wayne County, Starrucca is near the county line and has identified with the Thompson charge in Susquehanna County.  From the main intersection in the village of Thompson [where PA 171 makes a right angle turn] in Susquehanna County, go east 5 miles on Starrucca Road [which becomes Starrucca Creek Road] to the village of Starrucca.  The church is in the village of Starrucca, near the main intersection of Shadigee Creek Road and Starrucca Creek Road.
Historic Conference:

     Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
   

Brief History:
    
The congregation here developed from services held first in a barroom and later in the schoolhouse.  The first Methodist Episcopal church building in Starrucca was dedicated January 1, 1848, and stood across the road and slightly toward the schoolhouse from the present structure.  The existing building was dedicated June 13, 1872.  The church was part of the Thompson charge from 1893 until it closed.

Final disposition:
 
   The building was sold by the Thompson charge on 3/30/2009 to the Body of Christ Church of Starucca for $53,000.


Steene ME

 

Location: village of Steene
Municipality:
Canaan township
County:
Wayne
State:
PA

Directions: 
     The village of Steene is on US 6, between Waymart and Prompton.

Historic Conference:
     Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
     1924,51 – permission to sell
     1925,93 – building sold

Brief History:
     Canaan Corners was the site of the original Methodist class in this area, but the population shifted.  After worshiping in a schoolhouse for a number of years, the class at Steene secured the old church at Canaan Corners and moved it to a lot donated by Emmons Eaton, where it was dedicated in 1859.  The class was incorporated April 20, 1870, as “The Eaton Methodist Episcopal Church.”

Final disposition:
   


Sterling EV

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Location: PA 191, village of Newfoundland
Municipality:
Dreher township
County:
Wayne
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From the interchange of PA 191 with I-84, go 6 miles south on PA 191 to the south end of Newfoundland.  The building stood on the east side of PA 191, in front of the existing cemetery.  The 1872 atlas gives the exact location.

Historic Conference:
    East Pennsylvania Conference of the Evangelical Association

Journal references:
    1921,103 – permission to sell “Newfoundland church property on Wayne charge”

Brief History:
     As Dreher township was originally part of Sterling township, this appointment is referred to as Sterling in the church records.  The appointment is first named in the records in connection with Wayne mission in 1869, but the work seems to have begun in the early 1860’s.   The church building is reported to have been erected about 1854, perhaps by Moravians.  There was a separate Sterling circuit in the 1870’s until the appointment was permanently attached to Wayne circuit in 1877.  The parsonage for Wayne circuit was here from 1880 until 1887, when a more centrally located house was purchased.  Preaching continued here at least until 1908.  Authorization to sell the property was granted in 1921.  The church building was reportedly moved across the street to become a private residence in the 1940’s.  The so-called Albright Cemetery of this congregation exists just south of Newfoundland, about 20 yards off the highway, and it is unclear how near the church site was to the cemetery.

Final disposition:


Tallmansville ME

 

Location:
Municipality:
Preston township
County:
Wayne
State:
PA

Directions: 

Historic Conference:
     Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
   

Brief History:
     The Tallmansville charge first appears among the appointments in 1859, having been separated from the Lanesboro circuit.  Tallmansille was a schoolhouse appointment for many years until a church was erected and dedicated June 23, 1866, on land donated by C.P. Tallman.  The building was dismantled and moved to South Preston in 1887.

 Final disposition:
   


27. Torrey United Methodist Church

Address: village of Torrey
Municipality:
Oregon township
County:
Wayne County
State:
PA

Directions: Exit Honesdale on Cliff Street (after US 6 crosses the Lackawaxen River at the south end of town), which becomes Daniels Road and then Fox Hill Road.  Stay on this road about 7 miles.  At the stop sign with Torrey Road, turn left and go 1 mile to the village of Torrey.

Historic Conference: Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Brief History: This is the first church building erected on what was called the Oregon charge until it was re-named Carley Brook charge in 1899.  At one time there were four church buildings on the charge: Torrey (1849), Smith Hill (1852), Rileyville (1871), Carley Brook (1886), Girdland (1894).  Because of declining membership, the congregation voted unanimously to discontinue.  The closing service was held December 11, 2911,




Tresslarville EV

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Location: PA 196, village of Tresslarville
Municipality:
Lake township
County:
Wayne
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From the intersection of PA 191 and PA 196 south of Lake Ariel, proceed north on PA 196 3 miles to the intersection with PA 296.  The church is one lot north of the northwest corner of the intersection.

Historic Conference:
     East Pennsylvania Conference of the Evangelical Association

Journal references:
     1923,20 – “At Tresslarville our church is used and the then UE property abandoned.”

Brief History:
     This congregation began sometime before 1894.  There were both Association and United Evangelical buildings in Tresslarville during the 1894-1922 denominational split.  This is the Association building that was used by the post-1922 merged congregation.  Following the 1968 Methodist-EUB union, the 27 members of this congregation became part of the Wyoming Conference of the United Methodist Church.  There were 16 members on the rolls when services were discontinued in 1979.  Tresslarville and the nearby Lackawanna County congregation at Elmdale, both formerly of the Wayne circuit of the Evangelical Church, had sought and were given permission to leave the United Methodist Church.  The property was sold to the Tresslarville Evangelical Bible Church for $2000.  The property not having suitable facilities, it was soon abandoned and the congregation merged into the Elmdale Evangelical Bible Church.

Final disposition:
    In 2011 the building was empty and for sale by a realtor.


Union MP
[Angels MP]

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Location: village of Angels Corners
Municipality:
Dreher township
County:
Wayne
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From PA 191, 2 miles south of Newfoundland, go west on PA 507 3 miles to PA 196.  The intersection of PA 507 and PA 196 is called Angels Corners.

Historic Conference:
     Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church

Journal references:
    1911,61 – listed as part of the charge’s report of the Committee on Ladies’ Aid
    1916,40 – conference president preaches here Monday 2/14/1916
    1922,53 – Angels, Cortez, Hollisterville, Mt. Cobb & Sterling to form Hollisterville circuit
    1925,47 – interior of church painted
    1952,945 – declared abandoned; permission to sell

Brief History:
     This building was dedicated in 1888 on land donated by the Nevin family.  For many years the congregation was part of the 3-point Salem & Sterling charge consisting of Hollisterville, East Salem and Union.  That charge later added Mt. Cobb and Cortez and became the Hollisterville charge.  Church services in the building appear to have ceased as a result of the 1939 denominational merger. The structure must have been significant, as the December 7, 1916, issue of the Wayne Independent in Honesdale reported as follows:
"Last Sunday the Union Church which had been remodeled by the addition of a basement and a capacious vestibule containing a stairway to the second story as well as the fine basement was rededicated.  Services were held all day and evening.  Free chicken dinner and supper was served to the crowd.  Rev. Mr. McAckley of Daleville held the attention of the congregation in the evening by a good address."

Final disposition:
     The building was purchased by Harry C. Roof, pastor of the 3-point LaAnna – South Sterling – Greentown Methodist parish.  In 1956 he dismantled the structure and used the materials to build his retirement home on the southeast corner of the intersection of PA 507 and PA 196.  The nearby original site is now overgrown.


Varden MP

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Location: PA 296, village of Varden
Municipality:
South Canaan township
County:
Wayne
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From PA 191 in Lake Ariel, go 2 miles north on PA 296 to the village of Varden.  The church stood in the south end of town, on the top of hill before the bridge crossing Middle Creek, on the right side of the road.  The church building stood directly in front of the house pictured above, and its foundations lie just beneath the surface of the front yard.

Historic Conference:
     Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church

Journal references:
     1922,53 – South Canaan & Varden form a circuit

Brief History:
    
The building continued to be Methodist Protestant until 1939, when the congregation opted out of the union that created the Methodist Church and joined the newly-formed Bible Protestant Church.

Final disposition:
      
This congregation joined with its sister congregation at Varden in 1975 to erect the present Canaan Bible Church, located at the southern end of South Canaan, just east of PA 296 on Hemlock Road.  The property was sold and the church building was razed.


West Sterling MP

 

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Municipality:

County:
Wayne
State:
PA

Directions: 

Historic Conference:
     Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church

Journal references:
   

Brief History:
    
The East Sterling and West Sterling Methodist Protestant churches were both formed about the same time by dissenting members from the Sterling Methodist Episcopal Church.  The West Sterling Church was contemplated while the Bortree [East Sterling] Church was being built in 1855 – an event which encouraged the Christians in West Sterling to organized a class and erect a building.  It was located on the West corner of the junction where Hollisterville road joins the Moscow road.  The structure was later moved to Hollisterville and became the Hollisterville Methodist Protestant Church. 

Final disposition: