THE STRAWBRIDGE SHRINE is the original home (circa 1760) of Robert & Elizabeth Strawbridge. It is in this modest farmhouse that Methodism in America was first established. From here, Robert Strawbridge rode the circuit and planted the seeds of what would become a new denomination.
This historic site is also home to:
THE EVANS HOUSE, home of America's first recorded convert, and where the First Society met for more than 40 years.
THE LOG MEETING HOUSE replica, built from logs dating to the 1760's, this structure is an authentic re-creation of the first Methodist house of worship in the new world.
VISITORS CENTER, with displays, artifacts, video presentation, gift shop, and modern restrooms.
Rev. James F.W. Talley
President of the Shrine Association Board of Directors
Who passed away on December 31, 2016.
Comfort, O comfort my people,
says your God.
A voice says, “Cry out!”
And I said, “What shall I cry?”
All people are grass,
their constancy is like the flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
when the breath of the Lord blows upon it;
surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades;
but the word of our God will stand forever.
Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
and strengthens the powerless.
Even youths will faint and be weary,
and the young will fall exhausted;
but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
they shall walk and not faint.
(Adapted from Isaiah, Chapter 40, NRSV)
The Strawbridge Shrine is located at
2650 Strawbridge Lane
New Windsor, Maryland 21776
Most days by appointment - call or email to arrange your tour!
Also open April - October:
2200 St. Paul Street | Baltimore, MD 21218
Other business mailing address:
PO Box 388 | New Windsor, MD 21776
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EXHORTATION! the News Bulletin of the Strawbridge Shrine
Fall 2016 (Click Here)
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