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Albert ME [see Rippletown]


1. Alden ME
     [aka Newport ME]

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Address: 29 E. Kirmar Avenue, town of Alden
Municipality:
Newport township
County:
Luzerne County
State:
PA

Directions:
    
From the intersection of US 11 and PA 29, cross the Susquehanna River on PA and take the second exit after crossing the river.  Go west 4 miles to the town of Alden.  This road is Main Street in Askam and Middle Road in Nanticoke before becoming Kirmar Avenue in Alden.  The church is on the left, at the corner of Kirmar Avenue and Church Street.

Historic Conference:
     Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal References:
     1978,146 – received the members of Wanamie UMC; renamed Newport UMC
     2016,147 – discontinued

Brief History:
     This congregation was incorporated 9/27/1889 as the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Alden.  The class met in a schoolhouse for a number of years before dedicating the existing structure in 1890 on land donated by the Delaware, Lackawana and Western Railroad Company.  An 1899 revival added 25 to the membership.  Wanamie and Alden were always served together, and in 1978 (with an average weekly attendance of 90 for Alden and 16 for Wanamie), the two congregations merged to form the Newport United Methodist Church and meeting in the Alden building.

Final Disposition:


2. Beach Haven ME

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Address: 100 Main Street, village of Beach Haven
Municipality:
Salem township
County:
Luzerne County
State:
PA

Directions:
    
The village of Beach Haven is 3 miles east of Berwick, between US 11 and the Susquehanna River.  Main Street runs parallel to US 11, one block south.

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal References:

Brief History:

     The earliest settlers in Salem Township were worshipping in private homes and had constructed the old Log Church at Briar Creek in 1824. The first church building in Beach Haven was a frame structure, on the west side of Mill Creek by the railroad tracks and open to all denominations, erected on land donated by Nathan’s son Josiah Beach.  The Methodist Episcopal class was organized in 1848 and worshiped in the wooden union church until their present brick structure was dedicated in February 1870 – on land which had been deeded to the Methodists March 24, 1868.  The old frame church stood empty from 1870 until it burned in 1877 from a spark off a passing locomotive.

Beach Haven was originally part of the Berwick circuit.  A separate circuit was formed in 1875, and Beach Haven continued to be an appointment for another 145 years, through two denominational unions, until holding a final worship and decommissioning service on October 25, 2020.  The educational wing was added in 1962.

 

Final Disposition:
     The property (church and parsonage) were sold 4/10/2021 for $79,000.

 


2. Bloomingdale ME

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Address: 85 Silo Road, village of Bloomingdale
Municipality:
Ross township
County:
Luzerne County
State:
PA

Directions:
    
From US 11 in the village of Hunlock Creek, go 6 miles west on Main Road, through the village of Muhlenburg, to the Y intersection with Silo Road.  Bear right on Silo Road and go 1 mile.  The church is on the right.

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:

Brief History:
     Local preacher Thomas Bowman from Briar Creek was likely the first Methodist to preach in the area.  About 1796 an itinerant from the Berwick circuit preached in the old log school house.  In 1800 a class of 7 persons, with E. Wadsworth as the leader, was formed by Rev. William Brandon and taken into the Wyoming circuit.  The church building was erected in 1846.    Bloomingdale circuit was created from Berwick circuit in 1843 and existed until 1882, when it was divided into the Harveyville and Town Hill circuits.  In 2018 the church was having an average attendance of 3, and at special church conference on June 12 those present voted unanimously to close.  The final service of deconsecration was held Sunday, June 24, 2018.

Final disposition:
     The property was sold to a Mr. Joe Perry.


3. Bloomingdale MP

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County:
Luzerne
State:
PA

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Brief History:
    In 1883, Benjamin and Susan Rood sold this land to the Methodist Protestant Church for $25.  In 1939, the charge (consisting of Bloomingdale, Koonsville and Rayburn) stayed out of the Methodist union and became part of the newly established Bible Protestant denomination.

Final disposition:
    
The congregation is now the Bloomingdale Bible Church.


4. Broadway ME

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Location: Broadway Road, community of Broadway
Municipality:
Ross township
County:
Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From the intersection of PA 29 and PA 118, go 0.1 miles east on PA 118 to Main Road.  Bear left onto Main Road and go 3.7 miles to Broadway Road.  Go straight onto Broadway Road and go 4.2 miles to the community of Broadway.  The church is on the left just before the crossroads that marks the community of Broadway.

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
     1999, 217/331 – abandoned

Brief History:
    The class was organized May 1870, with services held in the Marsh (later called Broadway) school house every other Saturday night.  The appointment was part of the newly formed Muhlenburg charge (created by splitting the large Bloomingade charge the year before) consisting of Broadway, Cragle Hill, Muhlenburg, Van Horns and Rock (Oakdale).  The land on which the church building was ereted was deed to the Methodist Episcopal Church by Henry W. Long in November 1885.  In 1887 the appointment was placed on the Harveyville charge, where is remained until it was closed because of dwindling attendance.  Membership appears to have peaked at 64 in 1972.  A final Homecoming Service was held April 25, 1999.

Final disposition:
    The property was sold June 9, 2000, to Leonard J. Zarnoch for $15,000.


 5. Cambra ME

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Location: village of Cambra
Municipality:
Huntington township
County:
Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions: 
   The church is on the road from Cambra to Register.

Historic Conference:
    Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
    1869,25 – building erected
    1888,58 – new building projected for next year
    1889,62 – new building, 30x42 with recess, dedicated 2/25/1889

Brief History:
    This building was erected east of Cambra in 1833 and originally known as the Pine Creek Meeting House. The congregation erected a new building in 1869 and another one in 1889.  When the 1889 building was destroyed by fire in the 1940’s, the congregation relocated to a donated plot of ground several hundred yards nearer to the village of Cambra and erected a block building that was later remodeled and covered with siding.  In 1967 Cambra joined the six other appointments of the Town Hill charge to unite into a single congregation and erect a new building near Town Hill that was dedicated in 1971.  The recorded membership in 1971 was 61.

Final disposition:
 


6. Carverton ME

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Location: Mount Olivet Road
Municipality:
Kingston township
County:
Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions:  From US 11 in Wyoming, go north 4 miles on Eighth Street, through West Wyoming, to Mount Olivet Road.  Turn west on Mount Olivet Road and go 1 mile.  The church is on the right, across from Mount Olivet cemetery, behind the Catholic church.

Historic Conference:
    Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church   

Journal references:
   
2009,186 – discontinued

Brief History:

Final disposition:
   
The structure is now a Unitarian Universalist church.


7. Cragle Hill ME

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Luzerne
State:
PA

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8. Demunds ME

 

Location: Ryman Road, village of Demunds
Municipality:
Dallas township
County:
Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions: 
      Heading north out of Dallas on PA 309, turn right at the stoplight by the shopping center at the north end of Dallas on to Upper Demund Road.  Go 3.5 miles on Upper Demund Road to the stop sign with Lower Demund Road.  Turn left on to Lower Demund Road and go one block to Ryman Road.  Turn right on to Ryman Road and go 200 yards.  The building is the second house on the right.

Historic Conference:
     Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
     1952,1083 – in statistics for Centermoreland charge with 45 members
     1953,1405 – not in statistics for Centermoreland charge, but Centermoreland church membership is increased by 45 over 1952.

Brief History:
    This was originally a schoolhouse appointment on the Carverton charge, which was dropped in 1882.  Both The Methodist Protestants and Free Methodists continued to hold meetings, but neither denomination organized a class.  The Centermorland pastor organized a class in 1896, and eventually a church building was erected – although local lore says that the structure was always “a work in progress” and never fully completed with all the characteristics of a church building.  This church was on the Centermoreland charge from 1896 until about 1952, when it was closed

Final disposition:
     The building is now a private home.


9. Dodson Chapel ME

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Location: village of Southdale
Municipality:
Huntington township
County:
Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions: 
    From Town Hill, go south 3 miles on Dodson Cemetery Road (the west branch of the road south from the middle of Town Hill) to its terminus with Southdale Road.  The church is on the left.

Historic Conference:
    Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
    1888,58 – building repaired

Brief History:
       This structure was erected in 1875 when the church building shared by this class and the one at Town Hill was removed to the village of Town Hill.  In 1967 Dodson Chapel joined the six other appointments of the Town Hill charge to unite into a single congregation and erect a new building near Town Hill that was dedicated in 1971.  The recorded membership in 1971 was 38.

Final disposition:
 


10. Dymond Hollow ME
      [aka Lockville]

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Address: Church Road
Municipality:
Exeter township
County: Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions:
      From Centermoreland, go 3 miles east on PA 292 to the crossroad with Village Road.  Turn south on Village Road and go ¾ mile to the crossroad with Lockville Road.  Turn east and go ¾ mile to Church Road.  Turn north on Church Road and go 200 yards.  The church is on the right.

Historic Conference:
    
Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal References:
      2016,147 – discontinued n

Brief History:
     This congregation began in the early 1800’s and met in a school house until trouble with the Methodist Protestants prompted the congregation to erect their own building in 1835.  This building stood on private land below the present church and was later turned into a barn, which has since been razed.  The present church was erected in 1869.  In 1917 the structure was raised to allow for the addition of a basement.

 


11. East Dallas

 

Location: 2812 Lower Demunds Road
Municipality:
Dallas township
County:
Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions: 
      From Dallas, go north on PA 309 to the stop light with Center Hill Road at the north end of town.  Turn east at the stop light and bear right onto Hildebrandt Road.  Go east on Hildebrandt Road 1 miles to Lower Demunds Road.  Turn south onto Lower Demunds Road and go 300 yards.  The church is on the left, past Wyoming Road.

Historic Conference:
     Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
    1927,99 – canvass to complete the roofed basement in which the congregation meets
   
1946,335 – served as part of Dallas charge
    1947,611 – served as part of Centermoreland charge
    2005,181 – sale approved
    2006,93 & 162 – discontinued; membership and resources to Centermoreland

Brief History:
    
This congregation began in a school house on Hildebrandt Road.  The cornerstone for the first and present church building was laid in 1920.  The basement was roofed over and used as a church meeting place for about 8 years until the sanctuary was completed.  The church was originally on the Courtdale charge, moved to the Dallas charge in 1922, and to the Centermoreland charge in 1947 – where it was the appointment was closed in 1996.
  

Final disposition:
     The building was sold in September 2005 to an owner of adjoining property who wanted to maintain the integrity of the church.  He fixed up the building and is renting it to a small Baptist congregation.

 


12. Fairview MP

 

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Luzerne
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13. Forty Fort Meeting House ME

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Location: River Street
Municipality:
borough of Forty Fort
County:
Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions: 
 

Historic Conference:
   Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

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14. Glen Lyon ME

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Location: South Market Street, village of Glen Lyon
Municipality:
Newport township
County:
Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From the interchange of I-81 and PA-29, go north on PA-29 2 miles to the second interchange.  Go west on Main Street – Middle Road – Kirmar Avenue for 7 miles (through Askam and Alden and Wanamie) to Glen Lyon.  Turn left on Market Street and go 2 blocks to the T with Main Street.  The structure is on the left.

Historic Conference:
    Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church   

Journal references:
    1998, 229&314– discontinued
    1999, 282 – property turned over to conference trustees
    2001, 183 – sold

Brief History:
  
 Prior to 1888 a group of Methodists worshiped in a one-room schoolhouse on what is now called Newport Street, across from the Pulaski Junior High School.  In 1888 the Susquehanna Coal Company gave the society a 50x165 lot on South Market Street, and a church building was dedicated July 22 of that same year.  Originally served in connection with Wanamie, Glen Lyon became a station appointment in 1894 and was served as such for over 75 years.  In 1901 more land was acquired from the Susquehanna Coal Company, and a parsonage was erected.

Final disposition:
   
The building was sold to the plumber who lives next door and uses the building for storage.


Glen Lyon MP

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County:
Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions: 
 

Historic Conference:
     Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church

Journal references:
    
1888,6 – deed for church lot secured and placed in hands of the treasurer

Brief History:
    The cornerstone for this building was laid September 18, 1887.

Final disposition:
 


15. Harmony ME

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County:
Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions: 
 

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
    
1893,52 – building dedicated 7/17/1892
     
1971,97 – discontinued
     1973,205 – permission to sell
     1979, A61 - sold

Brief History:
     The first church building was erected in 1886 in front pf the present structure, which was erected about 1950.

Final disposition:
    This building was sold to Mts. Maxine Bolt for $6000 and is now a private dwelling.


16. Harvey’s Lake MP

Location: Maple Street and Lake Shore Drive, village of Laketon [aka West Corner]
Municipality:
borough of Harvey’s Lake
County:
Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions: 
    Lake Shore Drive is PA 415.  The building is at the west end of the lake.

Historic Conference:
     Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church

Journal references:
     1888,6 – deed for church lot secured and placed in hands of treasurer
     1910,16 – concrete block church under construction
     1922,52 – probable sale; declared extinct
     1923,58 – sold to Lutherans for $400   

Brief History:
     In 1889 Abel Perrego donated a lot at the West Corner for a Methodist Episcopal Church although the terms of his gift permitted all denominations to offer religious services when the ME was not using it.  A tablet on this frame church reportedly read “Harvey’s Lake MP Church.” The building was destroyed on July 4, 1905, after a stray firework set it ablaze. The church was not rebuilt until 1912 as the Laketon MP Church. 

Final disposition:
   The building was sold to the Lutherans in 1923 and charted in 1926 as the Lutheran Church of the Reformation of Laketon.  The building has since been vacated as a house of worship and renovated into a private residernce.


17. Harveyville ME

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Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions: 
 

Historic Conference:
   Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
   
1891,64 – church building and parsonage destroyed by a cyclone

Brief History:
  

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18. Headley Grove ME

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Luzerne
State:
PA

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19. Huntington Mills Nelson Chapel ME

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Location: village of Huntington Mills
Municipality:
Huntington township
County:
Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions: 
    From the borough of New Columbus, go north 1 mile to PA 239.  Go east 5 miles on PA 239 to the village of Huntington Mills. Go east ¼ mile on Shickshinny Lake Road (immediately after PA 239 crosses the creek).  The church is on the left.

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

Journal references:
    1888,58 – building repaired

Brief History:
    This class erected the Pine Grove Meeting House, the first Methodist church building on the circuit, in 1822 within the walls of the present Pine Grove Cemetery between Huntington Mills and Harveyville.  That building was abandoned in 1871, and the present structure was erected in Huntington Mills.  It was dedicated by Reuben Nelson, president of Wyoming Seminary at Kingston, and named in his honor.  In 1967 Huntington Mills joined the six other appointments of the Town Hill charge to unite into a single congregation and erect a new building near Town Hill that was dedicated in 1971.  The recorded membership in 1971 was 178.

Final disposition:
 


20. Idetown ME

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Location: Idetown Road
Municipality: Lehman township
County:
Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions: 
   From the eastern terminus of PA 118 at PA 415, go 1 mile west on PA 118 to Idetown Road. Go north 1 mile on Idetown Road.  The church is on the right.

Historic Conference:
   Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
    2004,99 – merged into Lehman
    2006,168 – permission to sell building to a local physician

Brief History:
    This class was organized about 1865 and met in school houses until purchasing land and erecting the present building in 1893.  In 1910, the building was raised and the basement and during the renovations.  The church house at the rear of the property was built in 1932.

Final disposition:
    The property has been sold and converted into office space.


21. Jackson ME

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Location: Smith Pond Road
Municipality:
Jackson township
County:
Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions: 
    From West Nanticoke, take PA 29 4 miles north to Smith Pond Road.  Bear right off of PA 29 (just after the crossroads at Zbick’s Corners) onto Smith Pond Road and go 1 mile.  The church is on the left.

Historic Conference:
    Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
    2000,233 – merged into Idetown effective 8/30/1999

Brief History:
    Local tradition states that Methodism was introduced to Jackson township by 1820, with schoolhouse appointments at Lamoreaux in the lower part, Forrest in the upper part, and Union near the center.  These classes united when the present church, originally known as the Union Methodist Episcopal Church, was erected in the center of the township in 1883.  In July 1999 the remaining members decided to disband and the property was sold in January 2000 for $20,000 to the God’s Missionary Church denomination, which had been holding services there on Sunday afternoons for the past three years.

Final disposition:
    The building now houses a congregation of God’s Missionary Church.


22. Koonsville MP

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Luzerne
State:
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23. Laflin ME

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Municipality:
borough of Laflin
County:
Luzerne
State:
PA

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24. Meeker ME

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Location: 41 Meeker Outlet Road, community of Meeker
Municipality:
Lehman township
County:
Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From the intersection of PA 118 and PA 29, go east on PA 118 1.5 miles to Loyalville Road.  Go north on Loyalville Road ¼ mile to Meeker Outlet Road.  Go east on Meeker outlet Road 1/3 mile.  The site is on the right, occupied by a modern ranch house, between Slocum Road and Meeker Road.  The picture on the left is the church site.  The picture on the right is the remaining outhouse – the only church-related structure left on the site.

Historic Conference:
     Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
     1913,81church building in the process of erection
     1914,74 – church building finished and ready for dedication
     1915,70 – new “basement building” church dedicated 4/29/1914
     1963,69 – declared closed and abandoned; permission to sell

Brief History:
     The Meeker appointment met for many years in a schoolhouse.  It was always on the five-point Maple Grove charge: Loyalville, Maple Grove, Meeker, Mooretown Ruggles.  In October 1962, the congregation voted to discontinue services and permanently close the church building.

Final disposition:
     The site was sold, the church building razed, and the property divided into two lots – front and back – with a house built on each lot.  The church building stood on the front lot, the cement block outhouse facilities still stand on the back lot.
 


25. Miner’s Mills ME

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Location:
Municipality:
city of Wilkes-Barre
County:
Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions: 
    Miners Mills is now the northeast corner of Wilkes Barre and may also be reached by taking the bridge from Plains across Mill Creek.

Historic Conference:
   Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
    1897,25 – Sunday School organized, $1,000 subscribed toward a church building

Brief History:
   The borough of Miners Mills, named for the Miner family, was created in 1883 and annexed into Wilkes-Barre along with Parsons in 1927.   A Sunday School was held in the public school beginning in 1897.  A dwelling on Mock Street [present Mayock Street?] was purchased in 1898 and remodeled to contain an assembly room and a classroom.

Final disposition:
 




26. Mooretown ME

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Location: Mooretown Road
Municipality:
Ross township
County:
Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions: 
   From the intersection of PA 118 and PA 29, go 2.5 miles north on PA 29 to Mooretown Road.  Turn west on Mooretown Road and go 3 miles.  The building is on the right.

Historic Conference:
   Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
    
1955,1873 – declared abandoned

Brief History:
     Mooretown was also known as Retreat.  The church was dedicated October 20, 1875, on land given by Archibald Moore.  For many years this was part of the five-point Maple Grove charge: Loyalville, Maple Grove, Meeker, Mooretown Ruggles.

Final disposition:
     The structure is now a private home.


27. Mossville ME

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28. Mount Zion EV

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Location: W. County Road
Municipality:
Hollenback township
County:
Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions: 
         From Wapwallopen, go 1.5 miles east on W. County Road (the eastern extension of Main Street).  The site is on the left.  The 1873 county atlas gives the exact location of the church and the parsonage.

Historic Conference:
   
Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Evangelical Church   

Journal references:
   
1923,63 - Resolved, That the Wapwallopen Mission be discontinued and that the Slocum and Mt. Zion appointments be added to West Nanticoke, and the Hetlerville appointment be added to Nescopeck, and Briar Creek to Berwick St. Paul's.
    1924,90 - permission to sell parsonage, with proceeds divided between West Nanticoke and Nescopek

Brief History:
   
In 1847, preachers traveling the Columbia circuit came here by invitation and established an appointment in the Peters school house.  The first church building was erected in 1849, followed in 1869 by a new church and a parsonage.  The presence of a parsonage made this the seat of what was called for many years the Wapwallopen charge.  The charge was United Evangelical during the 1894-1922 denominational split.
    The four-point Wapwallopen charge was divided in 1923, and the parsonage was sold in 1924.  The Mt. Zion congregation apparently ceased to exist at that time or soon afterward, as the number of church buildings reported on the West Nanticoke charge dropped from 3 to 2 in 1927.

Final disposition:
   
The building no longer stands.  Only the Mt. Zion Evangelical Cemetery remains. 


29. Mountaintop ME
   

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Location: Woodlawn Avenue
Municipality:

County:
Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions: 
 

Historic Conference:
     Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
   

Brief History:
     Formally charte
red in 1880 as the “Mountain Top Episcopal Society,” the group purchased a property on Woodlawn Avenue in 1881 and dedicated a new building there on Thanksgiving Day of that year. 
     In 1929 the Wapwallopen charge of the Central Pennsylvania Conference was discontinued and Rippletown, Slocum and Stairville were returned to the Wyoming Conference.  Rippletown was re-named Albert and placed with Mountaintop.  In 1955 Mountaintop and Albert united to form a single congregation, eventually selling both buildings and erecting the present Christ UM Church – just west of Mountaintop, on the road to Albert.

Final disposition:
     After the church merger, the building was sold to a Mrs. Farrell and later used as a warehouse.  It burned down on October 30, 1996.


30. Nescopeck Albright EV

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Address:
Municipality:
borough of Nescopeck
County:
Luzerne County
State:
PA

Directions:

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Evangelical Church

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Final disposition:
     The building now houses the New Heart Christian Fellowship congregation.


31. New Columbus Stevens Memorial ME

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Location: Old Tioga Turnpike
Municipality:
borough of New Columbus
County:
Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From Benton, go east 6 miles on PA 239 to Old Tioga Pike.  Go south 1 mile on Old Tioga Turnpike.  The church is on the left, ¼ mile past Academy Road.

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
   

Brief History:
The first building here was dedicated in 1857 by Thomas Bowman, president of Williamsport Dickinson Seminary and later a bishop.  A new building was erected in 1912 through the generosity of Mrs. E.D. Stevens as a memorial to her late husband.  In 1967 New Columbus joined the six other appointments of the Town Hill charge to unite into a single congregation and erect a new building near Town Hill that was dedicated in 1971.  The recorded membership in 1971 was 101.

Final disposition:
 


32. Parsons Abbott ME

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Location: 28 Oliver Street, community of Parsons
Municipality:
city of Wilkes-Barre
County:
Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions: Scott Street is the main street through Parsons.  It is the extension of North Street (after it crosses Pennsylvania Avenue) in Wilkes-Barre and turned north.  Proceed north on Scott Street.  One-half miles after going under PA 309, at the point where Scott Street crosses Laurel Rune, turn left onto Oliver Street.  Go 1.5 blocks.  The church is on the right. 

Historic Conference:
    Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church   

Journal references:
    2009,185 – discontinued; assets to Wilkes-Barre Field of Grace UMC.

Brief History:
  
 The borough of Parsons, famed for the Parsons family, was created in 1876 and annexed into Wilkes-Barre along with Miners Mills in 1927.  This class was organized in the school house in 1872.  The basement level of the church building was used for worship beginning in 1873, and the complete sanctuary was finally dedicated in 1883.  The named “Abbott” was adopted in 1880 in recognition of the fact that Rev. W.P. Abbott was born near here.

Final disposition:
    
The building was sold January 15, 2010, to the Osterhout Free Library and is now a public library.  


33. Pine Grove ME

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Luzerne
State:
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34. Pittston MP
      [Pittston St. Paul’s]

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Location: 66 Broad Street
Municipality:
Pittston
County:
Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions:  The building was two blocks south from the present Pittston UM (former ME) Church, on the same side of the street.

Historic Conference:
    Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church.

Journal references:
    1977,147 – merged into Pittston First (former ME) to form Pittston United Methodist Church, meeting in the Pittston First building

Brief History:
     It appears that this congregation was organized in 1852 as a Wesleyan Methodist Church and became Methodist Protestant (in the New York Conference) in 1878.

Final disposition:
     The building now houses the independent Perspective Church.  While the front is new, and incorporates some of the old stained glass windows, the sides and back of the church are unchanged.


35. Plainsville ME

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Location: community of Plainsville
Municipality:
Plains township
County:
Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions: 
    The community of Plainsville is due north of Plains, between N. River Street (go east on Courtright Street) and the Susquehanna River.  The exact location of the church has not been determined.

Historic Conference:
   Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
    1935,511 – permission to sell, proceeds to Plains

Brief History:
    This class was organized about 1831 (some sources say 1838) and dedicated a brick building 2/13/1845.  A wooden addition was completed in 1887.  The appointment was attached first to Pittston and then to Plains before being served independently, mostly by students from Wyoming Seminary, beginning in 1880.  For a brief period the appointment was known as North Plains.  The appointment was placed on the Yatesville charge in 1902.  Services were discontinued about 1920, and most of the members transferred to Plains.

Final disposition:
 


36. Pleasant Valley ME

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Luzerne
State:
PA

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37. Plymouth ME 

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Location: 238 West Main Street
Municipality: borough of Plymouth
County:
Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions:  Main Street is US 11.  The church is on the south side of the street, near the center of the town.   

Historic Conference: Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church   

Journal references:  
     2005,174 – motion to discontinue
     2005,94 - discontinued 

Brief History:

Final Disposition: The structure is now the home of the International Christian Church.


38. Powder Glen ME 

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Location: east of Wapwallopen, in the village of Powder Glen
Municipality:
Hollenback township
County:
Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions: 
    From Wapwallopen, go 1 mile east on W. County Road (the eastern extension of Main Street) to Powder Glen Road.  Turn right on Powder Glen Road and go ½ mile to the village of Powder Glen.  The house on the southeast corner of Powder Glen Road and Bear Hill Road was the parsonage.  The church was on Powder Glen Road, on the left side, ¼ miles past the parsonage.  Only the cemetery remains.

Historic Conference:
   Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
    1882,131 – first appearance as an appointment in the Missionary Offerings
   
1888,58 – building dedicated 11/27/1887 and destroyed by powder explosion 2/10/1888

Brief History:
  
 Speaking of the village of Powder Glen, the 1976 secular History of the Powder Hole states: "There was also a Methodist Church, which was torn down when there were no longer enough people to support it.  A cemetery is in the woods near the site of the church.  The cemetery is still church property and is near the home of the Hildebrand family.  Mr. Bryce Readler lives in the home which was the parsonage for the church.  The church was torn down and carefully reassembled at Blytheburn, [from its former location] only a few miles from Hobbie."
    This congregation was part of the Wapwallopen ME charge, and additional information is given in connection with that church.

Final disposition:
     A 1974 statement in the Mountaintop Christ file gives the following statement concerning the need for a new building at Rippletown: “Since the church at Powder Glen was to be torn down, a group went to look at it, and finally secured the building.  On Labor Day 1926 a group went to Powder Glen, enjoyed a chicken dinner and later in the evening a corn roast, while volunteers dismantled the building, loaded the limber on the wagons of George Yeager Sr. and Chris Yeager, and on the truck of Albert Frye, who hauled it to the new plot of ground located on the Albert-Nuagola road (opposite the old chapel).”


39. Red Hill ME

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State:
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40. Red Rock MP

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Luzerne
State:
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41. Register ME

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Location: Holmes Road, village of Register
Municipality:
Huntington township
County:
Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions: 
    From the borough of New Columbus, go north 1 miles to PA 239.  Go east 2 miles on PA 239 to Register Road.  Go north ¼ mile on Register Road to Holmes Road.  Go east ¼ mile on Holmes Road.  The church is on the left, just past a side road off to the right. 

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

Journal references:
   

Brief History:
    The class worshiped in the Methodist Protestant building until 1888, when a dispute arose over the use of Sunday School materials and the congregation erected their own building.  In 1967 Register joined the six other appointments of the Town Hill charge to unite into a single congregation and erect a new building near Town Hill that was dedicated in 1971.  The recorded membership in 1971 was 55.

Final disposition:
 


42. Register MP

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Location: Holmes Road, village of Register
Municipality:
Huntington township
County:
Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions: 
    From the borough of New Columbus, go north 1 miles to PA 239.  Go east 2 miles on PA 239 to Register Road.  Go north ¼ mile on Register Road to Holmes Road.  Go east a few hundred feet on Holmes Road.   

Historic Conference:
    Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church

Journal references:
   

Brief History:
   The community of Register was originally called Pine Creek, and the 1869 church building was sometimes called Webster’s Chapel after the founding pastor. This was the oldest building and key appointment on the MP Pine Creek circuit, later renamed the Reyburn circuit.  The property, deeded to the MP church in 1870, was no longer being used in 1939 when the MP/ME denominational merger took place.  The Shickshinny MP church stayed completely out of the 1939 union, becoming neither Methodist nor Bible Protestant, and temporarily used the building as a second location, but the efforts did not prosper.

Final disposition:
 


43. Reyburn MP

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County:
Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions: 
 

Historic Conference:
    Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church

Journal references:
   

Brief History:
     Methodist Protestant preaching is reported to have begun here in 1835.  A class was organized in 1850, with preaching in the old school house.  In 1868 the school board purchased a plot of land, across from the present church, from Jacob Baer on which to build a new school house for both school and church purposes.  That building was sold and torn down in 1959.  An 1882 revival under George Shaffer resulted in 66 conversions, which led to the building of the present church in 1883.  The land was donated by the Masters family and members donated lumber that was saw free of charge at Sylvester Sorber’s saw mill – bringing the total cost for the structure at $1650.  The formal dedication occurred 10/5/1884.  A social hall was built in 1921.
     In 1939 the congregation remained out of the Methodist merger to become part of the newly created Bible Protestant Church.  The old social hall collapsed from snow in 1994, and a new one was erected in 1996.

Final disposition:
 


44. Rippletown ME
      [aka Albert ME]

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Location: 865 Church Road
Municipality:

County:
Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions: 
    From Mountaintop, travel south on Main Road 2 miles to the crossroad at the village of Albert.  Turn right on Church Road and go 300 yards.  The building is on the right.

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:


Brief History:
     In the latter 1800’s residents of Rippletown began meeting for religious services in an abandoned one-room school house, located in the front part of what is now the Albert cemetery, and in time the appointment was supplied by the Wyoming Conference.  In 1880 Rippletown, Slocum and Stairville were transferred to the Beach Haven charge of the Central Pennsylvania Conference.  In 1894 Rippletown, Slocum and Stairville (along with Powder Glen and Schloyerville) wre split off to form the Schoyerville (re-named Wapwollopen the following year when the parsonage was constructed there).  In 1926 the Powder Glen church building was dismantled and re-erected in Rippletown, across the street from the cemetery.
     In 1929 the Wapwallopen charge was discontinued and Rippletown, Slocum and Stairville were returned to the Wyoming Conference.  Rippletown was re-named Albert and placed with Mountaintop.  In 1955 Albert and Mountaintop united to form a single congregation, eventually selling both buildings and erecting the present Christ UM Church – just west of Mountaintop, on the road to Albert.

Final disposition:
     The building now houses the Mountain Top Baptist Church.


45. Ruggles ME

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Address: PA 29
Municipality:
Lake township
County:
Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions:
    
The church is 2 miles south intersection of PA 29 and PA 415, at the intersection of PA 29 and Spruce Tree Road.

Historic Conference:
     Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal

Journal References:

Brief History:
    
For many years this was part of the five-point Maple Grove charge: Loyalville, Maple Grove, Meeker, Mooretown Ruggles.  Ruggles was closed in 2014 with 26 members reported on the rolls and replaced on the Noxen charge by Alderson.

Final Disposition:
     The building was purchased by the pastor, Linda Bryan, with the hope of using it for as a clothing/resource distribution center.

 


46. Salem EV

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Location: Moore’s Hill Road
Municipality:
Salem township
County:
Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions: 
    From Berwick, go 1 mile east on US 11 to Stone Church Road (first road outside the town).  Go 1 mile north on Stone Church Road to Varners Hollow Road (first road).  Turn left and go 1 mile on Varners Hollow Road to the T with Moore’s Hill Road.  Turn right on Moore’s Hills Road and go about 100 yards.  The site is on the left.
     OR.  From Summerhill, go west and follow the main flow of traffic (dairy Road – Moore’s Hill Road) for about 3 miles.  The site is on the right, just before Varners Hollow Road goes off to the left.

Historic Conference:
    Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Evangelical Church.

Journal references:
    1962,119 – land to Garrison Memorial Cemetery Association; funds to Stone Church or future replacement building

Brief History:
   This building was one of the five (along with Ebenezer, Evansville, Stone and Summerhill) appointments on the historic and very long-standing Columbia Circuit of the Evangelical Church.  The building was destroyed by fire in December 1958.

Final disposition:
   The cemetery remains.  The cornerstone pictured above under the big tree reads “Salem EV Church 1881.”


47. Schloyerville ME 

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Location:
Municipality:
Nescopeck township
County:
Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions: 
 

Historic Conference:
    Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
    1883,40 – building to be completed soon
    1938,27 – permission to sell
   
1939,27 – sale authorized, proceeds to the Nescopeck charge
    1953,55 – authorization  to convey title to Lutheran & Reformed Church at Briggsville
    1955,56 – previous authorization rescinded, new authorization to convey title to Schloyersville [sic] Cemetery Association   

Brief History:
   
The cornerstone for this building was laid September 16, 1882.   The building was near completion when it was almost totally wrecked by a cyclone.  The structure was re-erected and dedicated September 9, 1883.  This congregation was part of the Wapwallopen ME charge, and additional information is given in connection with that church.

Final disposition:
   


48. Shickshinny MP 

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Location: 43 Furnace Street
Municipality:
borough of Shickshinny
County:
Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions: 
   When entering Shickshinny on US 11 from the west, Furnace Street is the 3rd street to the left – a soft left, the first street after the crossroads with Butler Street.  Proceed up the hill; the church is on the left.

Historic Conference:
   Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church

Journal references:
   

Brief History:
   This church was founded in 1852 as a Methodist Protestant congregation and remained an active force in that denomination until choosing not to participate in the 1939 Methodist union.  At that point the congregation and its long-time pastor Rev. Archie Birdsall also declined to join other Methodist Protestant dissenters that formed the Bible Protestant denomination and became an independent congregation.

Final disposition:
   The congregation is now the Shickshinny Bible Baptist Church.

 


49. Stoddartsville ME

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Location: Stoddartsville
Municipality:
Buck township
County:
Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions: 
    The town of Stoddartsville stood where the Easton – Wilkes-Barre turnpike, present PA 115, crosses the Lehigh River.  Immediately north of the Lehigh River, turn west on Maples Lane and go one block (past the cemetery) to the old Easton – Wilkes-Barre turnpike.  Turn north and go 40 yards.  The church is 100 yards down the first driveway to the east.

Historic Conference:
     Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:

Brief History:
    This church was built about 1820 and was once the seat of the five-point Stoddartsville charge (along with Thornhurst in Lackawanna County and Locust Ridge and Blakeslee and Pocono Lake in Monroe County).  In 1888 a parsonage was erected in Thornhurst, and that community became the seat of the charge.  As the town of Stoddartsville dwindled away, so did the congregation.  The church at Stoddartsville was closed in the 1920’s, Thornhurst was attached to Gouldsboro in 1928, and the three Monroe County churches were transferred to the Philadelphia [now Eastern Pennsylvania] Conference in 1933.

Final disposition:
   The church building is now a private residence.


50. Sugar Notch ME

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Location: 570 East Main Street
Municipality:
borough of Sugar Notch
County:
Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From the interchange of I-81 and PA-29, go north on PA-29 ½ mile to the first interchange.  Go west on Main street ¼ mile.  The building is on the left. 

Historic Conference:
    Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
    1982,91 – merged into Ashley

Brief History:
   
From the opening of the Sugar Notch mines in 1860, there was occasional Methodist preaching in the schoolhouse.  In 1878, the pastor from nearby Ashley organized a class.  In 1886 the appointment became part of the Askam charge.  Property was given to the society, and the church building was dedicated June 7, 1889.  The congregation merged into Ashley Centenary UMC in 1981.

Final disposition:
   The building in now the Coalville Masonic Lodge.


51. Sunshine ME

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Luzerne
State:
PA

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52. Town Hill ME

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Location: village of Town Hill
Municipality:
Huntington township
County:
Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions: 
   From the borough of New Columbus, go 2 miles east on Academy Street to the village of Town Hill.

Historic Conference:
   Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
   

Brief History:
    Local preacher Thomas Bowman from Briar Creek did the first Methodist preaching in the area in 1793.  The following year Methodist layman Epaphras Wadsworth moved to Town Hill from Connecticut, helped to organize a class, and opened his home to preaching and the lodging of circuit riders.  In 1809 an annex for worship was added to the school house, nearly a mile from town.  In 1836 a church was erected at the crossroad southeast of town.  In 1875 that building was moved into the village.  In 1967 Town Hill joined the six other appointments of the Town Hill charge to unite into a single congregation and erect a new building near Town Hill that was dedicated in 1971.  The recorded membership in 1971 was 85.

Final disposition:
   


53. Wanamie ME 

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Location: Main Street, village of Wanamie
Municipality:
Newport township
County:
Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions: 
        From the interchange of I-81 and PA-29, go north on PA-29 2 miles to the second interchange.  Go west on Main Street – Middle Road – Kirmar Avenue for 5 miles (through Askam and Alden) to Wanamie.  Turn left on Center Street (at the sign for the Newport township building) and go 2 blocks to the T with Main Street.  The structure is straight ahead.

Historic Conference:
    Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church   

Journal references:
   
1978,146 – merged into Alden UM to form the Newport United Methodist Church, meeting in the former Alden building

Brief History:
   This congregation was incorporated 8/21/1865 as the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Newport.  They society worshiped in the old Lutheran church before erecting their own building in 1853 on a site donated by Squire Vandermark.  That structure was thoroughly renovated in 1881, and enlarged by the addition of two wings in 1899.  The site for the second building was purchased half from the Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company and half from Richard Morris.  That structure was dedicated in March 1902.

Final disposition:
   The building is now a private home.


54. Wapwallopen ME

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Location: village of Wapwallopen
Municipality:
Conyngham township
County:
Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions: 
     Wapwallopen is on PA-239, across the river and 6 miles south from Shickshinny.  The building pictured above was the charge parsonage, located at the central intersection of the village of Powder Glen. 

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church  

Journal references:
    1905,66 – Wapwallopen adds $443 "to the betterment of church property"
    1935,61 – $106.40  from sale of Wapwallopen parsonage given to the Annuity Fund

Brief History:
   
For 50 years there was a Wapwallopen charge with 6 appointments: Powder Glen, Rippletown, Schloyerville, Slocum, Stairville, and (possibly) Wapwallopen.  The charge was envisioned in 1880 when Rippletown, Slocum and Stairville were transferred from the Wyoming Conference to the Central Pennsylvania Conference and formally split off from Beach Haven in 1888 and named Schloyerville.  It was re-named Wapwallopen in 1895 when the first parsonage was erected there.  The 1905 journal reporting the charge’s betterment of church property declared that the charge had 4 church buildings (Powder Glen, Schloyerville, Slocum and Stairville).  The conference's 1915 first official property listing does not include Wapwallopen at all, describes Rippletown as a schoolhouse appointment, and states that the other 4 properties are Methodist-owned.  It is apparent that the denomination never owned a church building in Wapwallopen, even though the charge was so-named.  In 1926 the Powder Glen building was dismantled and moved to Rippletown.
    The charge was disbanded in 1929.  At the end of 1928 Powder Glen and Wapwallopen reported no members; Schloyerville reported 27 members, but no financial contribution to the charge.  Those three appointments were abandoned in 1929 and Rippletown (31 members), Slocum (60 members) and Stairville (55 members) were returned to the Wyoming Conference.  See the 1929 Wyoming Conference Journal, pages 107-108.  In the Wyoming Conference, Rippletown was renamed Albert and placed with Mountaintop, Slocum (re-located near Slocum Corners) was placed with West Nanticoke, and Stairville was placed with Wanamie and Alden. 

Final disposition:
    The parsonage has been added to and is now a private home.


55. Waterton Wesley Chapel ME

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Location: village of Waterton
Municipality:
Huntington township
County:
Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions: 
   From the borough of New Columbus, go north 1 mile to PA 239.  Go eat 5 miles on PA 239 to Huntington Mills.  Go South on Waterton Road

Historic Conference:
    Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
    1888,58 – building, 30x42, dedicated 9/25/1887

Brief History:
    This class was organized in 1842 and met in Good’s school house until 1887 when, under the leadership of Wesley Benscoter, the present building was erected and named Wesley Chapel in honor of the class leader.  In 1967 Waterton joined the six other appointments of the Town Hill charge to unite into a single congregation and erect a new building near Town Hill that was dedicated in 1971.  The recorded membership in 1971 was 72.

 

Final disposition:
 


56. West Nanticoke First ME

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Address: 29 E. Poplar Street
Municipality:

County:
Luzerne County
State:
PA

Directions:

Historic Conference: Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
   

Brief History:
     The congregation began with a community Sunday School that met during the summer months.  In 1872 a year-round Methodist Sunday School was organized.  Beginning in 1874 pastoral support was received from Nanticoke, and a separate appointment was organized in 1886.  A church building was erected in 1886 on a lot secured from the Susquehanna Coal Company.  Over the years the church and the community suffered through many floods – most notably in 1936, 1972 and 1975.  In the face of declining membership, the flood of September 2011 proved to be the final straw.  The congregation voted to discontinue, effective as of November 30, 2011, and the property was returned via a reversion clause to the Susquehanna Coal Company.  The remaining members were transferred to Nanticoke UMC or a church of their choice.

Final disposition:


57. West Wyoming Shoemaker Chapel ME

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Location: 571 Eighth Street
Municipality: borough of West Wyoming
County: Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions:  From US 11 in Wyoming, go 1.5 miles north on Eighth Street.  The street takes a jog to the left in West Wyoming.  The church is on the right, across from a cemetery.
 

Historic Conference:
    Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church   

Journal references:
   
2009,188 – discontinued; assets to the Conference

Brief History:
 

Final disposition:
    
The building is now a hub for Mission Center and a center for local outreach.


58. Wilkes-Barre Derr Memorial ME

Location: 489 N. Main Street
Municipality:
city of Wilkes-Barre
County:
Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions: 
 

Historic Conference:
     Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church


Journal references:
   

Brief History:
      This congregation began as a mission of the Franklin Street [First] Church to the north part of the city.  A chapel was erected on a lot on north Franklin Street, near Maple Street, in 1870, and in 1888 a charter was granted to the “Fourth Methodist Episcopal Church of Wilkes-Barre” [the first three being Franklin Street, Central and Parrish Street].  The congregation became a separate charge in 1891 and relocated to North Main Street in 1892 in a move largely financed by Mrs. Mary D. Derr of First Church as a memorial to her late husband Henry F. Derr.  In 1893 the old chapel on North Franklin Street was sold to the German Lutherans, and in 1894 the congregation erected its parsonage.  In 1947 Derr Memorial became a two-point charge with Bennett Memorial, and in 1983 Derr merged into Bennett to become Bennett-Derr UMC.

Final disposition:
     The building is now home to the New Hope Four Square Church


59. Wilkes-Barre First ME
      Wilkes-Barre Franklin Street ME

Location: 47 N. Franklin Street
Municipality:
city of Wilkes-Barre
County:
Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions:  The center of Wilkes-Barre is the intersection of Main Street and Market Street.  Franklin Street is one block west of Main Street and is one-way heading north.   The church is ½ block north of Market Street on the right side. 

Historic Conference:
    Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church   

Journal references:
   
2009, 187 – discontinued; assets to Wilkes-Barre Field of Grace UMC

Brief History:

Final disposition:
   
The building was sold July 15, 2009, to Arts Universe and is now the Downtown Arts Center.


60. Wilkes-Barre Italian Mission ME

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Location: Northampton Street and Welles Avenue
Municipality: borough of Kingston?
County:
Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From the square in Wilkes-Barre, go 1 mile west on Market Street (across the river) to Welles Avenue.  Turn south on Welles Avenue and go one block to Northampton Street. [NOTE: Welles Avenue is one-way heading north, and so one must go one block past Welles Avenue to Goodwin Avenue, and “go around the block.”]

Historic Conference:
     Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
    
1915, 70 – purchased former AMEZ building for $6,700

Brief History:
     This property, a former AMEZ brick structure on a large lot, was purchased for the Italian Mission in 1914 by the Conference’s incorporated home missionary society, the Wyoming Valley City Evangelization Union.

Final disposition:
 


61. Wilkes-Barre Parrish Street ME

Location: Parrish and Collins Streets
Municipality:
city of Wilkes-Barre
County:
Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From the square in Wilkes-Barre, go 1.5 south on Main Street to Parrish Street (one block before the stop light at Blackman Avenue).  Turn left onto Parrish and go several blocks to Collins Street, which only goes to the right.  The church is on the corner of Parrish Street and Collins Street.

Historic Conference:
     Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
    
2005,174 – motion to discontinue; remaining financial resources to Albright UMC
     2005, 94 – discontinued

Brief History:
      This congregation began when members of the Ashley and Ross Street churches started a Sunday School in the area and dedicated the building on March 17, 1872. 

Final disposition:
   The building currently (2016) is home to the House of Judah ministries.


62. Wilkes-Barre Salem EA

Salem Evangelical United Brethren Church

Location: 48 Grove Street, near McCarragher
Municipality:
city of Wilkes-Barre
County:
Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions: 
 

Historic Conference:
     East Pennsylvania Conference of the Evangelical Association


Journal references:
   

Brief History:
     This congregation began in 1871, when an Evangelical Association circuit rider visited the area and preached in private homes.  A chapel was erected in 1873.  The 1891-94 split in the Evangelical Association divided the congregation, and First United Evangelical Church was formed by the dissenters.  In the denominational re-union of 1922, both congregations became part of the Evangelical Church.  In 1961 Salem merged into its daughter congregation First to form Albright EUB church and worship in the newer United Evangelical building on Dana Street.

Final disposition:
 


63. Wilkes-Barre St. Andrew’s ME
      Wilkes-Barre Sherman Street ME

Location: 130 South Sherman Street
Municipality:
city of Wilkes Barre
County:
Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From the square in Wilkes-Barre, go 1 block south on Main Street to Northampton Street.  Turn left onto Northampton Street and go east about 10 blocks to Sherman Street.  Turn right onto Sherman Street and go ½ block. 

Historic Conference:
     Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church


Journal references:
     1988,37 - organized
    
1953,1406 – discontinued
     1954,1545 – sold to George L. Ruckno Inc. for $5000

Brief History:
     This church was dedicated June 4, 1889, to do work among the Welsh-speaking people.  When a majority of its members returned to Wales or moved to other mining towns, a Sunday evening English-speaking service was introduced.  The congregation eventually became all English and was re-named St. Andrews when it became self-supporting in 1906.  The church was moved to the Bennett charge in 1927, and then moved to the Abbott charge when Derr was placed with Bennett in 1947.  The church reported 67 members in 1952 and was discontinued in 1953.
   NOTE1: The following 1888 superindent’s report, page 37, article describes the organization.
On the 19th of March, by request, I organized the first Quarterly Conference of the first Welsh Methodist Episcopal Mission in Wilkes-Barre…The mission now has fifty members, a Sunday School of over one hundred…  Lots have been secured on Sherman Street for a church, which must be built soon to accommodate these people.
   NOTE2: The following series of articles summarize an early controversy.
(1) from the Washington DC 7/17/1899 Evening Times, page 5:
Wilkes-Barre, Pa – The question of whether the pastor or the trustees are the dictating power in the Methodist Episcopal Church is one which the courts were asked to solve yesterday.  Judge Woodward heard the application for a preliminary injunction to compel the trustees to deliver the keys of the First Welsh Methodist Episcopal Church of this city to the pastor, the Rev. Hugh P. Morgan, and to restrain them from interfering with the services.  The church has been closed for several weeks by the trustees, who refused to allow the Rev. Mr. Morgan to hold services there because he would not hold one service each Sunday in Welsh.  Judge Woodward asked the attorneys if it would not be advisable to settle the matter out of court and he was informed that efforts in that direction had failed.  The case was set down for argument at the next term of court.
(2) An October 1899 article in the Wilkes-Barre Record Almanac states that the Court decides the Welsh M. E. Church case of Wilkes-Barre in favor of the pastor, Rev. H. P. Morgan, giving him possession of the church. 
(3) But the controversy was not yet settled, as noted in the 11/8/1899 Wilkes-Barre Record Almanac:
WILKES-BARRE.  Emanuel Davis, who was arrested in the Welsh M. E. church, on Sherman street, on Sunday evening, charged with disturbing religious worship, was given a hearing before the mayor last evening, the hearing taking place in the mayor's court room in the City Hall, and the room was crowded with people, representing both factions of the church. The ‘defense' was represented by Attorneys O'Boyle and Baxter, while on the other side, representing the minister. Rev. Hugh P. Morgan, was ex-Judge Rhone. The minister. Rev. Mr. Morgan, Policeman Owen Hughes, who made the arrest, and George Roberts, one of the members of the church, who witnessed the affair, were the witnesses for the plaintiff and were the first to testify. Emanuel Davis, the defendant, together with. Mrs. Richard T. Jones and Mrs. Mary Perry were the witnesses for the defense. Attorney Rhone closed for the prosecution and offered to withdraw the charge if the defendant would pay the costs in the case. Mayor Nichols then stated that the defendant was virtually guilty of a violation of the city ordinance regarding good [unclear] – and after giving the audience, the minister and the defendant his views, he deferred judgment for two weeks. The audience then dispersed.

Final disposition:
      The property was sold and the proceeds given to First Church. The remaining members were invited to join First Church.   The building now houses the independent Salvation Christian Center.


64. Wilkes-Barre Zion ME

 

Location: on the square
Municipality:
city of Wilkes-Barre
County:
Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions: 
 

Historic Conference:
     Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church


Journal references:
   

Brief History:
  

Final disposition:
 


65. Yatesville ME

2016-02-23-0002

Location:
Municipality:
borough of Yatesville
County:
Luzerne
State:
PA

Directions: 
 

Historic Conference:
     Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church


Journal references:

     1925,28 – $1500 loan to repair the building for work among the Italian residents
     1967,69 – permission to dispose of building; land reverts to Pennsylvania Railroad

Brief History:
     This congregation developed from the “Thompson neighborhood” class, of which Francis Yates was the leader in 1825.  Services were held in private homes until the Thompson school house was built.  The meeting place was changed to the Yatesville school house in 1852.  The congregation began to erect its building in 1864 and met in the completed basement from 1865 until the structure was completed in 1874.  The class belonged to the Pittston charge until the Yatesville charge was formed in 1874.  A parsonage was erected in 1880.
     The building was deeded to the Evangelization Union in 1928 and used for English and/or Italian services until 1965, when the remaining members were transferred to Pittston.

Final disposition: