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PERRY COUNTY PA


Baileys Run EV

Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: bailys

Location: Upper Bailey Road
Municipality:
Miller township
County:
Perry
State:
PA

Directions: 
       Exit Newport on South Fourth Street, which becomes Upper Bailey Road and proceed 3 miles.  The structure stands where Upper Bailey Road ends at Lower Bailey Road (which follows the river from Newport). 

Historic Conference:
        Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Evangelical Church

Journal references:

Brief History:
      Joseph Bailey established an iron furnace here is 1845.  The community that grew up around the furnace was called Baileysburg, and later Bailey Station (of the PRR).  Today the site is just called Bailey.  This was a schoolhouse appointment supplied by the Methodists and the Evangelicals.  The Evangelical appointment lasted the longest – into the 1900’s.

Final disposition:

 


Blain ME

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Address: Church Street
Municipality:
borough of Blain
County:
Perry
State:
PA

Directions:
     The borough of Blain is on PA 274 in western Perry County.  When entering Blain from the north, PA 274 makes a right turn onto Main Street.  At that point make a left turn onto Church Street.  The bchurch is the 4th building on the left.

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:

Brief History:
     The Methodist class at Blain was organized about 1830 and met in homes and schoolhouses until a brick building was erected in 1855 on Manassa Road on land purchased from a David Black.  When the present frame building was erected in town on Church Street in 1898, the old structure was sold to a L.M. Wentzel – who used it as a planning mill until it burned.

Final disposition:
    
The church property was sold 3/7/2014 to Mr. Christopher E. Boyer of New Bloomfield for $10,000.  The cemetery remains in control of the conference trustees until other arrangements can be made.

 


Center Union EV–UB

Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: center union

Location: 699 Bucks Valley Road
Municipality:
Buffalo township
County:
Perry
State:
PA

Directions: 
    From New Buffalo, go north on US 11-15 for 5.5 miles to Buck Valley Toad.  Go west on Bucks Valley Toad for 3.5 miles.  The church is on the right, across from where Center Union Road meets Bucks Valley Road.

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Evangelical Church
     Allegheny Conference of the United Brethren Church

Journal references:
     Allegheny Conference 1914,48 – new building dedicated

Brief History:
     This was a union church building, the existing structure dedicated February 22, 1914, to take the place of one that had burned some years prior.

Final disposition:
    
The building is now home to a God’s Missionary Church congregation.

 


Cove St. John's EV

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Location: Schoolhouse Road
Municipality:
Penn township
County:
Perry
State:
PA

Directions: 
    From the intersection of PA 850 and US 11-15 in Marysville, go 1.5 miles north on US 11-15 to the Y with Schoolhouse Road.  Bear left onto schoolhouse Road and go 0.5 miles.  The site is on the left.

Historic Conference:
   
Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Evangelical Association/United Evangelical Church   

Journal references:
     1904,42 – permission to borrow funds to eliminate debt
     1914,75 – investigation of title; authorization to sell

Brief History:
   

Final disposition:

 


Donnally Mills EV

Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: donally

Location: Creek Road, village of Donnally Mills
Municipality:
Tuscarora township
County:
Perry
State:
PA

Directions: 
    From Millerstown, go west on PA 17 for 4.9 miles to the village of Donnally Mills.  Turn left onto Creek Road and so 0.15 miles.  The church is on the left.

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Evangelical Church

Journal references:
    1932,88 – permission to discontinue and sell; funds to Conference Mission Society

Brief History:
   

Final disposition:

 


Donnally Mills Otterbein UB

Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: donally

Location: Buckwheat Road
Municipality:
Tuscarora township
County:
Perry
State:
PA

Directions: 
    From Millerstown go west on PA 17 4.5 miles to Donnally Mills.  Turn south onto Creek Road.  Go 0.7 miles to the T at the top of the hill.  Turn west onto Buckwheat Road.  Go 0.2 miles to Stone Arch Road.   The church stood across from where Stone Arch Road intersects Buckwheat Road.

Historic Conference:
    Pennsylvania Conference of the United Brethren Church   

Journal references:
    1913,49 – recommendation to sell
    1915,28 – renewal of the recommendation to sell

Brief History:
   This was part of the 4-point Eschol charge (Eschol, Gingerich’s, Mannville, Otterbein Chapel).  The charge was weakened by the 1889 denominational split, and none of the congregations survived.  Hain’s 1922 History of Perry County, page 1069, reports that the building was sold April 3, 1900, for $500 – which seems to contradict the above journal references.

Final disposition:
  
There is now a mobile home on the site.

 


Duncannon Asbury ME

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Address: 27 N. High Street
Municipality:
borough of Duncannon
County:
Perry
State:
PA

Directions:
    Exit US 11/15 at the PA 274 exit for Duncannon.  Enter Duncannon on Market Street (i.e., go under the PA 11/15 bridge) and go 4 blocks to Maple Street.  Turn left on Maple Street and go 2 blocks west to High Street.  The church is on the northwest corner of Maple and High Streets.

Historic Conference:
    Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal References:

Brief History:

Final Disposition:

 


Elliotsburg Mount Zion EV

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Location: PA 274, village of Elliottsburg
Municipality:
Spring township
County:
Perry
State:
PA

Directions: 
    From the square in New Bloomfield, go west on PA 274 for 6 miles.  The site is in the west end of the village of Elliottsburg, on the north side of the highway.

Historic Conference:
      Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Evangelical Church 

Journal references:

Brief History:
   

Final disposition:

 


Emory Chapel ME

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Location: PA 850
Municipality:
Northeast Madison township
County:
Perry
State:
PA

Directions: 
      From Loysville, go northwest on PA 850 for 4.0 miles.  The site is on the right.

Historic Conference:
       Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
       1939, 27 – permission to sell, proceeds for upkeep of cemetery

Brief History:
   

Final disposition:

 


Eschol UB

Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: eschol

Location: village of Eschol
Municipality:
Saville township
County:
Perry
State:
PA

Directions: 
    From Millerstown, go west on PA 17 12.0 miles to Ickesburg.  Turn south onto PA 74.  Go south on PA 74 1.5 miles to PA 849.  Turn east on PA 849.  Go 1.8 miles east on PA 849 to the village of Eschol.  The site is on the southwest corner of the intersection that marks that village.

Historic Conference:
    Pennsylvania Conference of the United Brethren Church
    Pennsylvania Conference of the United Brethren Church, Old Constitution

Journal references:
Pennsylvania Conference
     1893,25 – parsonage purchased in Donnally Mills
    
1913,62 – sold to UBOC for $290.00
                      $290.00 - $14.81 expenses = $275.19 to treasury from Eschol church account
Pennsylvania Conference, Old Constitution
     1912,13 – UBOC conference trustees authorized to sell Mt. Arrarat church [Littlestown mission] to purchase Eschol church
     1913,18 – UBOC purchases the building at Eschol
     1913,24 – UBOC purchases Eschol building [from J.E. Kleffman, new constitution] 2/25/1913 for $290
                   – pays $10 for repairs 2/27/1913
    
1915,27 – Recommended: the missionary appropriation to the charge of $150 be paid only if the assigned pastor resides on the field, otherwise the appropriation shall be $50.
     1917,28 – conference treasurer authorized to renew the fire insurance policy on the building
                   – presiding elder authorized to “see after” repair work on the building and solicit funds for the same
     1918,25 – presiding elder authorized to sell the furnishings, the building, and the property
     1918,27 – conference paid fire insurance on Eschol Church on 12/3/1917 and again on 9/16/1918
     1918,28 – charge name changed from “Eschol mission” to “Mount Vernon mission”
     1919,27 – Eschol church building sold for $150.00; furnishings sold for about $12.00; proceeds to help defray remodeling and refurnishing at Mount Vernon church building

Brief History:
   The church at Eschol was erected in 1870, and there was once a 4-point Eschol charge (Eschol, Gingerich’s, Mannville, Otterbein Chapel [east of Donnally Mills]).  The charge was weakened by the 1889 denominational split, and the building was sold to the United Brethren Old Constitution in 1913.  The last UBOC preaching at Eschol was in 1915, and the building was sold in 1919.

Final disposition:
     The building was sold to Harry C. Boden, who removed it.

 


Fairview ME

Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: fairview

Location: PA 274
Municipality:
Toboyne township
County:
Perry
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From New Germantown, go west on PA 274 for 3.5 miles.  The church is on the north side of the highway.

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church  

Journal references:
    1974,83 – permission to sell
    1975(2),104 – sold to Historical Society of Perry County
    1976(1),140 – sold to Historical Society of Perry County

Brief History:
     This historic church property was part of the old Concord Circuit and deeded to the Methodists by the McLaughlin family in 1857.  Regular services appear to have ended there about 1939, but members were recorded in the conference journal up to 1948.  A 1962 letter from the pastor at New Germantown states: “There are those living in the New Germantown area who still consider themselves members of the Fairview church, although the church membership has been transferred to other churches many years ago.  Because of the interest of several persons, two services are held in the church each year.”  The property was formally sold to the Historical Society of Perry County in 1975.
     Note: The appointment was originally on the old and extensive Concord ME circuit.  More information is given in “Methodism and the Concord Circuit” in the 1997 issue of The Chronicle, pages 42-111 – pages 78-82 refer specifically to Fairview.

 

Final disposition:
     The Historical Society of Perry County owns and maintains the church property as an historic site, and maintains the adjoining cemetery.

 


Falling Spring EV

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Location: PA 850 and Pike Road
Municipality:
Spring township
County:
Perry
State:
PA

Directions: 
      From the intersection of PA 850 and PA 34 at Dromgold, go west on PA 850 for 2.0 miles.  The site is on the right, at the far corner of PA 850 and Pike Road.

Historic Conference:
      Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Evangelical Church

Journal references:
      1904,41 – loss of church by fire; permission to solicit rebuilding funds within the Carlisle District
      1920,46 – no congregation, building idle for several years, referred to Ways and Means
      1922,65 – property sold at public sale on 6/21/1921

Brief History:
      This appointment was on the Keystone charge with Bethel and Salem, but little documentation has survived.  From the circumstances associated with the sale of the property, it may have originally been a union church that became Evangelical by default.  A 6/14/1911 item, page 3, in the Perry County Democrat states that “a festival will be held in the Falling Springs Evangelical church on Saturday evening, June 17.  Strangely, there is no mention of the congregation in Hain’s 1922 authoritative History of Perry County.

Final disposition:
     The property was sold “after a thorough survey of all the facts, upon competent legal advice, and the consent of the Lutheran congregation of Loysville and the Reformed congregation of Landisburg.”  After all obligations and expenses, the sale netted $247.36, distributed as follows: 1/8 to the Lutheran congregation of Loysville, 1/8 to the Reformed congregation of Landisburg, 3/4 to the trustees of the parsonage of the Keystone charge.  The property has become part of the surrounding farmland.

 


Fio Forge MP

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Location: Dellville Road
Municipality: Wheatland township
County:
Perry
State:
PA

Directions: 
    From Dellville, go east on Dellville Road about 1.5 miles.  The site is on the south side of the road

Historic Conference:
     Maryland Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church

Journal references:

Brief History:
     This appointment was served as part of the Carlisle circuit.
     Hains’ 1922 History of Perry County, page 1082, states: A Methodist [Protestant] church once stood on the top of the hill.  It was built in 1840 and in use until 1875.  It was served by Reverends Jordan, Holmes, Wright, Swengler, Hamilton, Thompson and White.  The UB congregation used it a few years after 1875.”  That description seems to describe “Pleasant Grove” – the site of the original Dellville United Brethren church and of an old Presbyterian church, and the cemetery is known as the Sherman’s Creek Presbyterian Cemetery.  It is believed, however, that the site and directions given by this website correctly mark the Fio Forge MP site.  The cemetery is known by default today as the Dellville Cemetery – even though it is about 1.5 miles east of Dellville, and one noted (now deceased) researcher/genealogist gave it the designation “MP” in her records.

Final disposition:


 


Gingerich’s UB
Marsh Run ME

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Location: PA 17
Municipality:
Tuscarora township
County:
Perry
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From Millerstown, go west on PA 17 for 8.0 miles.  The site is on the north side of the highway, halfway between Donnally Mills and Ickesburg.

Historic Conference:
     Pennsylvania Conference of the United Brethren Church (1861-1910)

     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church (1910-1940)

Journal references:
Pennsylvania Conference
     1893,26 – new church costing $1250 dedicated 11/26/1892
     1911,60 – building sold for $215.00, minus $22.75 balance and $8.75 expenses
                   – conference treasury receives $183.50 from Gingerich church account
Central Pennsylvania Conference
     1962,77  – permission to sell

Brief History:
    This was originally the site of a stone school building in which the United Brethren worshiped for over a decade before purchasing the property and remodeling it for worship about 1861.  In 1892 the stone building was replaced by a new structure.  This was part of the 4-point Eschol charge (Eschol, Gingerich’s, Mannville, Otterbein Chapel).  The charge was weakened by the 1889 denominational split, and none of the congregations survived.  When the UB work began to dwindle, the building was purchased by the ME’s in 1910 and added to the Millerstown charge (Millerstown and Donnally Mills).  Services ended in 1928, when the Liverpool charge (Liverpool and New Buffalo) was added to the Millerstown charge.

Final disposition:
     The building was moved back from the highway about 100 yards and is now a private residence.

  


Hunter's Valley Messiah EV

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Location: Hunters Church Road
Municipality:
Buffalo township
County:
Perry
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From Liverpool, go 1.8 miles south on US 11-15 to PA 34.  Turn west onto PA 34 and go 1 mile to Hunters Church Road.  Turn south onto Hunters Church Road and go ¼ mile.  The church is on the right, opposite the western terminus of Orchard Road.

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Evangelical Church

Journal references:
     1962, 152 – remaining 16 members transferred out

Brief History:
     This building was erected in 1865 as a union church.  When the structure was remodeled in 1883, articles of incorporation were filed naming the Lutheran, Evangelical, and Methodist denominations.  The Methodists discontinued services in the early 1900’s,  but the Lutherans and Evangelicals continued worshiping together and holding a Union Sunday School into the 1960’s.  In 1960 the Lutheran congregation merged with St. Michal and the Trinity to become The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Liverpool.  The Evangelical (since 1946, EUB) voted to dissolve and deeded their interests to The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd.  Each congregation received half of the remaining balance of the Union Sunday School, with the Evangelical share designated for “missions in the Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Evangelical United Brethren Church.”  The Evangelical congregation was always part of circuit – the last one being the Newport circuit, from which it was served from 1933 until its closing in 1961. 

Final disposition:
     The building is maintained by a Cemetery Association and used for occasional special services.

 


Ickesburg ME

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Location:
Municipality:

County:
Perry
State:
PA

Directions: 
   

Historic Conference:
       Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
     1921,60 – sale authorized

Brief History:
   

Final disposition:

 


Ickesburg UB

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Location: PA 17, village of Ickesburg
Municipality:
Saville township
County:
Perry
State:
PA

Directions: 
        From Millerstown, go west on PA 17 for 12.0 miles.  The site is on the east side of the road, just past the intersection with PA 74 in the center of the village.

Historic Conference:
        Pennsylvania Conference of the United Brethren Church.

Journal references:

Brief History:
    The Ickesburg circuit was renamed Eschol in 1880.  The 5-point Eschol charge (Eschol, Ickesburg, Gingerich’s, Mannville, Otterbein Chapel) was reduced to 4 churches when the Ickesburg building was sold in 1883.  The remaining charge was weakened by the 1889 denominational split, and none of the congregations survived.

 

Final disposition:
     The property was sold 6/23/1883 to a cornet band then in existence.  The building is now a residence.

 


Landisburg ME

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Location:
Municipality:

County:
Perry
State:
PA

Directions: 
   

Historic Conference:
      Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
    
1891,70 – church repairs totaling $350
     1921,60 – sale authorized, proceeds for proposed New Bloomfield parsonage;
                       congregational endowment fund transferred to Methodist Home for Children

Brief History:
   

Final disposition:

 


Liberty Valley  ME

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Location:
Municipality:

County:
Perry
State:
PA

Directions: 
   

Historic Conference:
       

Journal references:

Brief History:
   

Final disposition:

 


Liverpool ME

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Location: 
Municipality:

County:
Perry
State:
PA

Directions: 
   

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
     1969,105/140 – merged into the town’s former EUB congregation to form the Liverpool UMC

Brief History:
   

Final disposition:

 


Liverpool St. Mary's EV

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Location:
Municipality:

County:
Perry
State:
PA

Directions: 
   

Historic Conference:
       

Journal references:

Brief History:
    On 4/5/1943 persons “acting as agents of the United Evangelical Church at Liverpool” sold a lot in Liverpool to David and Anna Blattenberger for $1.  The relationship of this lot to the above property is not knownn

Final disposition:

 


Loysville ME

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Location:
Municipality:

County:
Perry
State:
PA

Directions: 
   

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Final disposition:

 


Mahanoy Union EV

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Location:
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County:
Perry
State:
PA

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Manassas Union ME

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Location:
Municipality:

County:
Perry
State:
PA

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Final disposition:

 


Mannsville UB

Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: mannsville

Location: village of Mannsville
Municipality:
Centre township
County:
Perry
State:
PA

Directions: 
    From New Bloomfield, go west on PA2 274 for 2.3 miles to Mannsville Road.  Go north on Mannsville Road (follow the main road as it turns) for 3.0 miles to the village of Mannsville.  The site is on the southeast corner of the village’s main intersection.

Historic Conference:
   Pennsylvania Conference of the United Brethren Church      

Journal references:
     1911,60 – building sold for $200.00, with $63.64 in expenses
                      conference treasury receives $136.36 from Mannsville church account

Brief History:
   

Final disposition:

 


Marsh Run ME [see Gingerich’s UB] 


Marshall Chapel ME

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Location: Pfoutz Valley Road
Municipality:
Greenwood township
County:
Perry
State:
PA

Directions: 
    From the interchange of US 22-322 with Pfoutz Valley Road (between Millerstown and Thompsontown), go east 3 miles on Pfoutz Valley Road.  The remaining cemetery is on the north side of the road – and is the second cemetery along Pfoutz Valley Road.  The two isolated AMRHEIM graves at the west end of the cemetery mark the spot where the chapel stood.

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
     1891,70 – church improvements include paint, paper, furniture
     1922, 61 – request to be discontinued
     1937,31 – permission to sell; proceeds to repairs on Thompsontown charge parsonage

Brief History:
     This building was dedicated November 12, 1876, and named Marshall Chapel in honor of the founding pastor, Marshall C. Piper.  The work had begun when Rev. Piper of the Thompsontown charge began holding meetings in a nearby schoolhouse in May 1875.  A successful revival meeting that fall resulted in the formation of a class and the desire for a church building.  The congregation never was large and most of the people preferred to attend in Millerstown.  Services were discontinued in 1922.  The chapel was dismantled in 1937 and rebuilt by another denomination in Watts township at the intersection of Notch Road and Spinning Wheel Road.  After being used for a time as a church building, the relocated structure is now a private home.

Final disposition:
     The chapel site appears to have been deeded to the Amrheim family.

 


Marysville UB

Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: marysville

Location:
Municipality:

County:
Perry
State:
PA

Directions: 
   

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Final disposition:

 


Mount Vernon UB

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Location: Rock Hollow Road
Municipality:
Saville township
County:
Perry
State:
PA

Directions: 
    From New Bloomfield, go west on PA 274 for 6.6 miles to PA 74.  Go north on PA 74 for 2.5 miles to intersection with Rock Hollow Road to the west and Erly Road to the east.  Go west on Rock Hollow Road 0.4 miles.  The church is on the south side of the road.

Historic Conference:
     Pennsylvania Conference of the United Brethren Church, Old Constitution 

Journal references:
     1911,15 – Eschol charge w/o a pastor 2nd half of year; presiding elder preached a few times at Mount Vernon at Sulphur Springs

Brief History:
     The burials in the cemetery seem to be after 1890, and so it is possible that the congregation at this site did not exist until after the 1889 denominational split.  There is at least one marker (for Jemima Bull) with a death date of 1866, but that marker may have been moved from the Mt. Zion Cemetery at Elliottsburg.  The UBOC denomination appears to have served the building, at least part time, until 1981.

Final disposition:
  
 The building is now a private residence, but it was home to the Church of the Living Christ of Loysville 1981-85.

 


New Bloomfield Trinity UB

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Location: Barnett Street
Municipality:
Borough of New Bloomfield
County:
Perry
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From the square in New Bloomfield, go west on Main Street [PA 274] 1 block to Church Street.  Go South on Church Street 2 blocks to Barnett Street.  The church is on the northeast corner of Barnett and Church Streets.

Historic Conference:
      Pennsylvania Conference of the United Brethren Church

Journal references:
     1971,98 – to charge with New Bloomfield Keboch Memorial
     1995,220 – merged into Keboch Memorial to form New Bloomfield UMC

Brief History:
      This congregation began as an appointment in the Jericho School House in 1861.  The present building was erected in 1897.  For many years it was part of the strong six-point Perry charge: Dellville, New Bloomfield, Reibers, Shermansdale, Snyders, Youngs.  In 1971 Trinity was placed with (former ME) Keboch Memorial.  In 1995, Trinity merged into Keboch – with the new congregation being named New Bloomfield UMC and meeting in the former Keboch building.

Final disposition:

 


New Buffalo EV

Text Box: site of Evangelical
Association church lot
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Location: Mill Street, village of New Buffalo
Municipality:
Watts township
County:
Perry
State:
PA

Directions: 
     The site is believed to be on the east side of Mill Street, the third lot north of Walnut Street

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Evangelical Association

Journal references:
     1861 – financial difficulties discussed, committee appointed
     1863 – property given to George Dressler as full compensation for his claims

Brief History:
     The deed for this property, lot 21 in the original plan of the borough, consisting of 7500 square feet,  was written in January 1859 and filed in August of that year.  A building was erected soon thereafter, but there was never a viable congregation.  The property was turned over George Dressler in 1863.  He had a local pastor’s license, was ordained a local deacon in 1860, and had been one of the persons trying to establish the congregation.

Final disposition:
     George Dressler converted the building into two apartments.  The property changed hand several times before being acquired in 1962 by Ivan Lowe and Charles Barrick, who razed the building.

 


Newport ME

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Location:
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County:
Perry
State:
PA

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Final disposition:

 


Newport Calvary EV

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Location:
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County:
Perry
State:
PA

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Pennell's ME

 

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Location:
Municipality:

County:
Perry
State:
PA

Directions: 
   

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church  

Journal references:
     1940, 24 – permission to sell, proceeds to upkeep of Duncannon parsonage

Brief History:
   

Final disposition:

 


Pfoutz Valley ME

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Location: 159 Church Road
Municipality:
Greenwood township
County:
Perry
State:
PA

Directions: 
    Pfoutz Valley Road has an interchange with US 22-322 between Millerstown and Thompsonton.  From that interchange, go east on Pfouz Valley Road for 4 miles.  Continue across Seven Stars Road, at which point the name of Pfoutz Valley Road changes to Church Road, for 200 yards.  The site is in the cemetery, on the north side of the road, approximately where the large “Long” stands.

Historic Conference:
    Baltimore Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:

Brief History:
    This property was deeded by John and Mary Baker to the “Methodist Society in Pfoutz Valley, Greenwood township” in 1807.  The diary of circuit rider Nathaniel Mills for 11/10/1822 states that he preached in the home of Peter Coffman and that “their meeting house lies in an unfinished state.”  The archives have the class meeting records from 1834 to 1841.

Final disposition:

 


Pisgah  EV

Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: pisgah

Location: 255 Church Road
Municipality:
Carroll township
County:
Perry
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From the intersection of PA 34 and PA 850 at Dromgold, go south on PA34/850 100 yards to Pisgah State Road.  Go west of Pisgah State Road 3 miles to Church Road.  Turn left onto Church Road and go ¾ mile.  As Church Road takes a right turn, the cemetery is on the left and the church is straight ahead.

Historic Conference:
      Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Evangelical Church

Journal references:
     2006,233 – discontinued

Brief History:
     The first church building at this location was erected across the road from the present structure by the Lutherans in 1842.   By 1870, most of the Lutherans had moved away and services were discontinued.  The Evangelical Church began holding services there in 1873, but the work was sporadic, with periods when services were discontinued, until the 1930’s – when regular church and Sunday School services began again with renewed vigor.  In 1958 the present modern building was erected, and the old structure was razed.

Final disposition:
     The property, consisting of four separate lots, was sold to the township in 2007 for $106,500 and is now the Carroll Township Community Center.  The pulpit Bible was given to the Perry Historians.

 

 


Pleasant Valley EV

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Location: Pleasant Valley Road (?)
Municipality:
probably either Saville township or Centre township
County:
Perry
State:
PA

Directions: 
     The building is assumed to have stood along Pleasant Valley Road, which parallels PA 274 north of Elliottsburg.  Any relation to the present Pleasant Valley Church at 263 Church Road, southeast of Mannsville and just off Pleasant Valley Road, is unknown.

Historic Conference:
    Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Evangelical Church  

Journal references:
    1911,59 – building dilapidated; membership moved away; permission to dispose of the property

Brief History:
    This appointment was on the Perry charge.  It appears in the missionary giving reports 1897-1901, but not after that

Final disposition:

 


Reibers UB

Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: riebers

Location: 180 Reibers Church Road
Municipality:
Carroll/Spring township
County:
Perry
State:
PA

Directions: 
    From the intersection of PA 34 and PA 850 at Dromgold, go south on PA34/850 100 yards to Pisgah State Road.  Go west of Pisgah State Road 4.5 miles to Reiber Church Road.  Turn right onto Reiber Church Road and go 1 mile.  The church is on the left.

Historic Conference:
      Pennsylvania Conference of the United Brethren Church 

Journal references:

Brief History:
     This church building was originally a school house.  The United Brethren began holding preaching there about 1840, and a congregation was formally organized about 1860.  The (Winebrenner) Church of God also held services there for a time.  The congregation left the denomination in 1952.  The 1952 journal shows 52 members, but the 1953 journal no longer lists the congregation.  The congregation had been part of the 6-point New Bloomfield UB charge.

Final disposition:
     The building is mow the Reibers Reformed Baptist Church

 


Scyoc ME
[Horse Valley ME]

Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: syoc

Location: 6605 Horse Valley Road
Municipality:
Toboyne township
County:
Perry
State:
PA

Directions: 
    From the intersection of PS 75 and PA 641 at Spring Run (in Path Valley, Franklin County), go north on PA 75 11 miles (through Doylesburg and 1 mile past Concord) to Horse Valley Road.  Go eats 5 miles on Horse Valley Road.  The church is on the north side of the road.

Historic Conference:
     Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Journal references:
     1991,222 – abandoned

Brief History:
     This building was erected in 1857 on land donated by Benjamin Scyoc.  The appointment was originally on the old and extensive Concord ME circuit.  More information is given in “Methodism and the Concord Circuit” in the 1997 issue of The Chronicle, pages 42-111 – pages 96-97 refer specifically to Horse Valley.

Final disposition:
     The building was sold in 1997 for use as a community/heritage center.  The adjacent schoolhouse was formally included in the property in 2005.

 


Shermans Dale MP

Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: shermansdale

Location:
Municipality:
Carroll township
County:
Perry
State:
PA

Directions: 
   

Historic Conference:
     Maryland Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church

Journal references:

Brief History:
        This appointment was served as part of the Carlisle circuit.

     Hain’s 1922 History of Perry County, page 943, states the following: “A church once 
stood opposite the Jeremiah Smith mill dam, on an elevation about fifteen feet above the
level of the dam, and about 500 feet to the rear of its breast.  It was known as the 
Methodist Protestant Church.  It was built of logs, in 1838, on lands donated for that
purpose by George Smiley…  The building stood until 1868, although no services were held 
long prior to that.  In that year it was sold to William A. Smiley, who dismantled it, 
selling the hard yellow pine pews to residents for use as benches.  Rev. James W. Smiley 
preached there at times.  Among the regular preachers were the Reverends Jordan, Holmes, 
Wright, Swengler, Hamilton, Thompson and White, according to the Evarts-Peck History of 

 
the Susquehanna and Juniata Valleys.”
     This is what that Evaerts-Peck book states: Methodist Protestant Church. — On 
the 20th of December, 1838, George Smiley donated to Lawrence Hippie, John Kennedy, Thomas 

J. Stevens, William McClintock and William Murray, as trustees of the Methodist Protestant

Church, sixty-three perches. On this land a log church was built, which was situated oppo-

site the Billow Mill, (now Weaver's,) about half-way up the mill-dam. The structure stood

until 1860, although services were discontinued many years before. No ruins mark its site.

Among its first ministers were Rev. Hanson P. Jordan.

Final disposition:

 


Stony Point EV

 

Stony Point Cemetery Scan-210222-0001

Location: PA 17, community of Stony Point
Municipality:
Madison township
County:
Perry
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From the interception of PA 17 and PA 850 in Kistler, go 3 miles west on PA 17.  The site is on the north side of the highway, just past the crossroads that is designated as Stony Point.  The church building stood parallel to the highway, about 25 feet off the road, facing east.

Historic Conference:
      Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Evangelical Church 

Journal references:
     1947,39 – building allowed to remain if Cemetery Association assumes upkeep

Brief History:
     This building was erected in 1866 and torn down in 1969.  This appointment is also known as Kistler and Trostle’s Chapel.

Final disposition:
     Only the cemetery remains.

 


Wila EV
aka Milford EV

 

Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: wila

Location: off PA 849, village of Wila
Municipality:
Juniata township
County:
Perry
State:
PA

Directions: 
     From Newport, go west on PA 849 for 3 miles to the village of Wila.  When PA 849 makes a left turn in the center of the village, so straight on Milford Road for 100 yards.  The church is on the right.

Historic Conference:
       Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Evangelical Church

Journal references:
     2003,S-106 – merged into Newport Hope Eternal UMC

Brief History:
      The first serviced were held about 1 mile west, in the home of Henry Toomey, about 1840.  A church building was erected in 1844.  About 1885 the building was weatherboarded.  The belfry was added in 1913.  In 2003 the two Newport churches [Calvary (former Evangelical) and Market Street (former Methodist)] merged with Wila to form Newport Hope Eternal UMC and erect a new building off PA 34 on the other side of the Juniata River.

Final disposition: