Historic Markers Across Georgia

First Methodist Church

Marker ID: GHM 157-20
Location: S. Liberty & Spring Sts at the church
County: Wilkes
Coordinates: N 33° 44.14    W 082° 44.38
  33.73566    -82.73967
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM6REZ
First Methodist Church  Marker
Photo by Ken Moser


Organized in 1819, this Church is an outgrowth of Grant´s Meeting House, the first Methodist Church building in Georgia, erected 5 miles E, in 1787. In 1820, the Methodists built the first church building in Washington. It was shared by other denominations. In 1823, Rev. Alexander Webster, first pastor of the Washington Presbyterian Church, was ordained there. A Methodist Sunday School was organized in 1971. A Women´s Missionary Society, started in 1878, was the first in the Conference. On the site of the first structure, a second, now the Masonic Temple, was erected in 1882. In this building erected, erected in 1907, the first Methodist Men´s Club in Methodism was charted in 1919, during the pastorate of Rev. G.S. Frazer.

Bishop Francis Asbury visited Washington many times during his 17 trips to Georgia. He held the Second Methodist Conference in Georgia in the log Courthouse, near the site of the present Wilks County Courthouse. Rev. Hope Hull and Rev. Lorenzo Dow were among the famous pioneer Circuit Riders to hold revival meetings in Washington. Rev. Lovick Pierce, leader in early Methodism, was the first recorded pastor of this church.

GHM 157-20 Georgia Historical Commission 1958

First Methodist Church
Photo by David Seibert