Market Street United Methodist Church Records, 238 THL/WFCHS

Scope and Content: The Market Street United Methodist Church Records contain books kept by the church on marriages, baptisms, probationers, members, and pastors. It also contains minutes to the Ladies’ Aid Society meetings and several other miscellaneous items.
(3 Boxes) Last updated10/15 . DIGITIZED 06/07.

Biographical/Historical: Methodism was established in 1772 in Winchester, VA. Market St. United Methodist Church dates its beginnings to 1789. From 1792 to the present, there have been three church buildings of the Market Street Methodist Church in Winchester, VA. As a result of increasing membership in the church, the second church was built in 1818. The third and present church was started on Sept. 21, 1853, and completed and dedicated on May 20, 1855. Shortly after its completion, a schism in the membership erupted over the seating of girls who were students at the Valley Female Institute. As a result some thirty members of the church withdrew and established another Methodist church known as the Braddock Street Methodist Church. These records contain information about members from both the black and white communities. The Civil War erupted in 1861 and the church building suffered at the hands of the occupying Union troops through being used as a military hospital. It experienced financial problems during the post-Civil War period. However, since the hard days of the Reconstruction period, Market St. United Methodist Church has continued to prosper.

Bibliography: Kern, Mary Katharine. A History of the Market Street United Methodist Church. Stephens City, VA: self-published, 1985.

Cite As: Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.


Box 1

Church treasurer's record book, April 2, 1918-March 30, 1919, manuscript

Church treasurer's record book, April 1, 1919-March 31, 1920, manuscript

Church record book, 1858-1875 – record of pastors, classes, members, probationers, manuscript

Record of members and subscription to pastor, no date, manuscript

The Winchester Journal (newspapers), 1866 and 1867, printed

Box 2

“Ante Bellum Methodism in Winchester, Virginia and the Great Schism” by Jon R. Greenstone, from the desk of Pastor Jon, 203, 8 leaves, typescript (photocopy)


Church record book, 1857-1916 – record of pastors, members (African-American, white), minutes of meetings, manuscript

Records, manuscript, and includes the following:
Baptisms, 1857, 1865
Marriages, 1855
Probationers, October 1851-November 1859
Alphabetical list of members, 1856-April 1875
Classes, March 1852-September 1857

Church record book, 1877-1910 - record of pastors, members, probationers, marriages, baptisms, manuscript

Box 3

“The Mother Church of Winchester United Methodism”-1979, 1 item, 12 pages, printed

Church Program – December 14, 1975, Winchester Community Chorus Concert, 1 leaf, printed

Church Program – February 14, 1943, 2 pages, printed

Church record book, April 1909-August 1920 - record of pastors, members, probationers, marriages, baptisms, manuscript

Church record book, March 9, 1876-February 2, 1893 – record of pastors, members, probationers, marriages, baptisms, manuscript

Ebert Memorial Organ and Chimes Dedicatory Services, May 10, 1935, 1 item printed

Minutes – Ladies' Aid Society, April 1, 1902-February 2, 1909, manuscript\

Minutes – Ladies' Aid Society, February 1890-January 1898, manuscript

Miscellaneous, no date, 1 leaf, printed

Oldest church records, July 1, 1842-January 10, 1870 - record of members, quarterly conference minutes, manuscript

Our History and Memories – Market Street United Methodist Church 150th Anniversary Celebration, Nov. 2, 2003, 1 item, 36 pages, typescript (photocopy)

Receipts pertaining to construction of church building, 1853-1857, 105 leaves, manuscript

PHOTOGRAPHS, Winchester VA – Buildings

131 South Cameron Street – "200 years," by T. Mark Poole, 1989, black and white sketch, composite of church building, parsonages, sanctuary, and stained glass window