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Farmers Who Sowed Methodism in America


What looks like a modest collection of old farm buildings in New Windsor, Maryland is actually an important landmark for United Methodists. Curious visitors can see the home of Robert Strawbridge who was the first Methodist lay preacher in America. His house is preserved along with the home of his neighbor, John Evans, the first convert to American Methodism. At what is now known as the Strawbridge Shrine, reenactors share the story of those who planted the seed for the denomination’s growth in what was once the New World.  

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The Strawbridge Shrine is one of dozens of historic landmarks recognized by the church's General Commission on Archives and History. Learn more.

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This video was produced by United Methodist Communications in Nashville, TN.
Media contact is Fran Walsh, 615-742-5458.
This video was first posted in May, 2015.