Methodism in Microcosm: Methodist History in Caswell County, North Carolina, 1780-1905
Author(s)Hunter, Martin Park
Contributor(s)Heitzenrater, Richard P
KeywordsMethodist Episcopal Church, South -- North Carolina -- Caswell County.
Methodist Church -- North Carolina -- History
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Abstract2009 Chester P. Middlesworth Award Winner
This paper surveys the development of Methodist frontier societies in Caswell County, North Carolina, into modern institutional churches during their first 125 years.Caswell Methodism proves to be a useful microcosm of American Methodism in which some broad historical trends can be demonstrated in local practice: 1. The planting of frontier Methodism. 2. The slow erosion of Wesleyan hallmarks like societies and classes, conversion-oriented preaching, and the model deed. 3. And, the incremental shift to nurture-oriented Sunday Schools and an institutional emphasis on buildings and bureaucracies. Some of the Methodist churches or class meetings mentioned in the paper include: Baxter's, Bethany, Camp Springs, Concord, Hebron, Lea's Chapel, New Hope, Parrish's, Piney Grove, Purley/Harrison's, Salem, Sergent's Schoolhouse, Shady Grove, Union, and Yanceyville. An extensive bibliography lists the locations of many primary sources.