Bernardston — A Methodist Class
Extracted from "History of the Connecticut Valley in Massachusetts, Volume II," by Louis H. Everts, 1879.
A Methodist Class is said to have been formed in Bernardston as early as 1799, although existing records do not mention a society previous to 1811, when there was a class numbering 13, of whom 8 resided in Bernardston and 5 in Gill, the teacher being Peter Jacobs, of Bernardston. A church was, however, not organized until 1852, in which year also the present house of worship in Bernardston village was built. Among the early pastors were Revs. Bromley, Ward, J. S. Day, John Beckwith, Horace Smith, and Randall Mitchell. The present pastor is Rev. Ichabod Marcy. The church owns a neat parsonage, erected in 1873, at a cost of $1500.
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