A Historic House of Worship

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Photo courtesy of montgomeryhistory.org
Photo by Heather M. Ross

In 1853, Oratio Clagett, a local farmer, donated the land that is now home to the Potomac Methodist Church to a group of Methodist farmers, including Richard and Jeremiah Collins, who in 1854 constructed the first Methodist church in Potomac.

The church, which initially served a small group of nearly 50 local congregants, was built on the foundation of the old Presbyterian Church that was erected in the 1760’s. The site also houses an old cemetery that was designated as a registered historic site by the Montgomery County Historic Committee in 1976, and which serves as somewhat of a memorial to several of the original families that helped found the Potomac Methodist Church in the mid-19th century.

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