7. The Beverly Methodist Church
|Methodists held services in
Beverly from its earliest days, usually meeting in homes or on lawns. Noted area
missionary Lorenzo Dow is said to have preached from a log near town. He stayed at the log
home of his brother-in-law, Dr. Benjamin Dolbeare, who was the community's first doctor.
A log church was built at an early date at the west end of Wood (now Court) Street. Bishop Francis Asbury preached in this church in 1788. The log structure was used for about eighty years until Union troops dismantled it during the Civil War and used the logs to build huts.
In 1867, a small church was built on Walnut Street. This church was used for about twenty-three years until the community could afford to construct a better one. The new church, located on the east side of North Main Street, was built in 1890. The rectangular building with one rear wing has Gothic Revival ornamentation such as corner buttresses. It has a center portico topped by a bell tower with a tent roof.