Looking Ahead to 2023
We have completed Phase 1 restoration work on the historic 19th Century Bank Barn. We will be looking ahead to Phase 2.
The work of our DEVELPOMENT TEAM continues. Look for new signs and new experiences to enhance our site.
The Candlelight Advent service will be December 10th. This is always a standing room only event!
Our Annual Meeting moves to January 2024 (subject to board approval). Look for updates here and in our newsletter!
COLONIAL DAY 2023
Colonial Day at the Strawbridge Shrine will be Saturday,
June 17, 2023 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Several historic crafts demonstrations will be coming
for the first time - including rug making, weaving, and
spinning - while some of last year's "first-timers" will
be returning; flax work, Cherokee beadwork & furs, and
the Northern Maryland Dirt Diggers (archaeology). They
will join our faithfuls of many years; caning, calligraphy
and blacksmithing. Donna Nomick also returns with her
Docents will be available in the Strawbridge House, the
Evans House and the Log Meeting House. You will also
see the progress on the restoration of the historic
civil-war era barn. And plan to visit the Poulson Family
cemetery exhibit, with original stones dating from the
late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
A new vendor last year, Uncle B's returns selling shaved
ice treats. And, as always, Strawbridge United
Methodist Church will be selling the very popular fried
fish and chicken lunches.
Admission is FREE.
Colonial Day 2022 - Baltimore Sun Article
Click on the link below to see photos and read about the event.
Colonial Day at the Strawbridge Shrine | PHOTOS – Baltimore Sun
PILGRIMGE WEEK IN THE BWC
The Commission on Archives & History of the Baltimore-Washington Conference sponsored its first annual Pilgrimage Week. The Video below was produced to support the Shrine as one of the destinations.
Shrine featured in Baltimore Sun Article
Click on the link below to read a feature piece by Baltimore Sun Staff writer, Kevin E. Dayhoff.
Seven UM Heritage Sites that Every United Methodist Should See
A UMC.org Feature By Lilla Marigza
United Methodist church members can take pride in the people and places that connect us across the globe. In 2014, a virtual pilgrimage showed us Seven Sites every United Methodist should see. UMC.org readers followed up with their favorite Wesleyan wonders of the world. Pack your saddlebag. We now offer seven more spots that matter to all United Methodists.
(Click on the title above to read the article)
New Video about The Shrine
The Office of Communications of the United Methodist Church has just posted a new video about The Shrine and about Robert and Elizabeth's work in establishing Methodism in the new world.
Black History Month Video
The Methodist movement has always been one of inclusiveness. Wesley's first Class Meeting at the Foundry, Embry's first Class Meeting in NY and, of course, Robert Strawbridge's first Class Meeting in America - each of these groups included people of African descent. The United Methodist Church national office of Communications has produced a series of videos honoring Methodist inclusiveness. The video below highlights the story of Annie Sweitzer, a member of Strawbridge's first class.
"Strawbridge Cluster" Historic Site Dedicated
The General Commission on Archives & History has designated six locations in Strawbridge Country collectively as a Historic Site of the United Methodist Church. The newly designated "Strawbridge Cluster" includes the Log Meeting House site, Evans House, Poulson House, Stone Chapel, Bethel Church (now New Hope UMC-Bethel), and Henry Willis House. The site was officially dedicated at the 2014 Annual Meeting, with Bishop Marcus Matthews offering the blessing.