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Centennial Churches

Centennial Churches celebrates the Living Legacy of the churches of the Baltimore–Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church that are 100+ years old.

Maryland was the birthplace of Methodism in America. Robert Strawbridge, the first local preacher, grew an ever-widening circuit of meetings and classes beginning
about 1760 in Carroll County, Maryland. Strawbridge administered the sacraments at the first conference held in America in 1773. The 1784 Christmas Conference in
Baltimore officially organized the Methodist Episcopal Church in America with Francis Asbury and Thomas Coke as the leaders.

Centennial churches have a substantial portion of their 100+ year old church in service to their congregation today. Some churches have sanctuaries built subsequent to
their original meeting place; some churches have had major renovations but have maintained the essential character of their original church; some churches have more
than one of their historical meeting places in use today. These churches represent all of the historical branches of United Methodism. This project is a celebration of
these congregations, their heritage and their meeting places.

Churches are listed by their original names and identified individually as United Methodist Churches. Churches are listed in chronological order.
1822 - Wesley Chapel Methodist Episcopal Church, Eldersburg, MD1851, Fairview Methodist Church, Fairview UMC, Fairview United Methodist Church, Fairview Methodist Episcopal Church, Carroll County, MD, Maryland, Carroll County Churches1857, Uniontown Methodist Church, Uniontown UMC, Uniontown United Methodist Church, Uniontown Methodist Protestant Church, Carroll County, MD, Maryland, Carroll County Churches1860, Bethel Methodist Church, Bethel UMC, Bethel United Methodist Church, New Hope Methodist Church, New Hope UMC, New Hope United Methodist Church,Bethel Methodist Episcopal Church, Carroll County,1866 - Union Street Methodist Episcopal Church, Westminster, MD1870 - Libertytown Methodist Protestant Church, Libertytown, MD1870 - Mt. Olive Methodist Church, Mt. Airy, MD1878 - St. James Methodist Church, New Windsor (Dennings), MD1878 - Taylorsville Methodist Episcopal Church, Taylorsville, MD1880 - Bethesda Methodist Episcopal Church, Eldersburg, MD1882 - Zion Methodist Protestant Church, Shipley (Westminster), MD1882 - Union Bridge Methodist Protestant Church, Union Bridge, MD1883 - Brandenburg Methodist Protestant Church, Eldersburg, MD1884 - Stone Chapel (Poulson's Chapel), New Windsor, MD1884 - Shiloh Methodist Episcopal Church, Hampstead, MD1888 - Ebenezer Methodist Episcopal Church, Eldersburg, MD1888 - St. John's Methodist Episcopal Church, Hampstead, MD1890 - Mt. Zion Methodist Episcopal  Church. Ellicott City, MD1896 - Finksburg Methodist Protestant Church1897 - St. Pauls Methodist Episcopal Church, New Windsor, MD