Methodist Hall - (Monthly Programs)
50 East King Street
Littlestown, PA 17340
Museum and Welcome Center
2nd Floor - Borough Building

10 South QueenStreet

Littlestown, PA 17340

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Littlestown was layed out by
and named for Peter Klein (Little)
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Present building dates to 1876
Congregation dates to 1827

Barts Centenary Church on East King Street was originally a Methodist church before the uniting of the Evangelical United Brethren and the Methodist denominations. This church on East King Street dates back to 1827 when the first Methodist Class was held here. The members of this class were John McIlvaine, Rachel Sweeny, Jonathan Forrest, Catherine Bishop and Henry Beltman. Littlestown was a part of the Gettysburg circuit, with the Rev John Bair, presiding elder; The Rev. Samuel Clark , preacher in charge, and the Rev. George Hildt, junior preacher. Services were held in the United Brethren Church, until the first church building was dedicated on Christmas Day, 1846. The Rev. Thomas McMullin was preacher in charge and the Rev. Thomas H. Switzer, junior preacher. A lot had been purchased by John McIlvaine's father for $135 and was deeded to his son, who in turn deeded it to the trustees of the church. The complete cost of the building, including furniture, was $700. Among the list of expenses was 1 dozen spit boxes, $2.25; 3 lard lamps, $4.00 each. Levi Smucher was carpenter; E.Swope, the mason; E. Stonesifer, the plasterer, and Andrew McSherry, the painter.

In April, 1876, a new church was begun on the site of the old and in August the cornerstone was laid; dedication day was September 2, 1877. The parsonage was purchased in 1882. The church building was remodeled in 1893, in 1912, and again a few years ago.



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50 East King Street, Littlestown, PA 17340
Barts Centenary United Methodist Church's Historic Building