Stewart Bell Jr. Archives
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Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Room
Handley Regional Library
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society
P.O. Box 58, Winchester, VA 22604
(540) 662-9041 ext. 17
Inventory created by Archives Staff 08/1989. Last revised 02/2019.
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EXTENT: 0.21 linear feet
SCOPE AND CONTENT: The Grace United Methodist Church Records consists of an account book dated from 1899 to 1911.
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: The Grace United Methodist church was at first called simply the Methodist Church. It was established in Middletown, Virginia in 1816. The original church was made with logs, but the congregation replaced this building in 1853 with a brick structure. During the Civil War, Federal troops used the building as a hospital and a stable. The divisions created by the Civil War spread among the churches and the church became part of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. In 1939, Methodist denominations and societies joined with United Brethren Church. In 1968, it became the United Methodist Church. The current church, Grace United Methodist Church, was built in 1898 and still has one of the last hand-played carillons in the Shenandoah Valley.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: Carr, Clay B. Historical Sketches of Places of Worship, Winchester and Frederick County Virginia. Winchester, VA: Winchester Printers, Inc., 1988.
CITE AS: Grace United Methodist Church Records, 697 THL, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA.
ACQUISITION INFORMATION: Acquired as a gift
Account book of Middletown Methodist Church, 1899-1911, 1 volume (298 pages) ; 30 cm
Loose accounting notes found in account book, 1899-1911, 14 leaves, manuscript,