According to the history of Methodism in the Hudson Valley circuit riders introduced Methodism to our area. Religious meetings were held in the Quarryville school house. As people in the area realized a need for a church building they began collecting donations and fund raising activities such as musical entertainment and plays. These were held in the Schultz Undertaker Parlor which later became the Sheldon Teetsel general store.
On Oct. 14, 1868 Jeremiah J. and Hannah C. Hommel sold the group a parcel of land on a hill surrounded by pine trees for $1 for the purposes of erecting a church. Within the next couple of years an additional piece of land was given to the church by the same owners. Instead of the traditional cornerstone being laid for the foundation, a piece of local bluestone was cut to a half-circle shape and engraved and framed in the upper gable of the front of the structure.
On Oct. 21, 2018 the Quarryville United Methodist Church celebrates its 150 anniversary. The little church still sits atop the hill in Quarryville. The building has been expanded several times over the past 150 years. The trees have grown partially blocking the visibility of the building. The hill is behind the Elks property on 32N. Everyone is invited to share in the celebration on Sunday Oct. 21 at 3 p.m. at the church on Stay Rd. There will be a service of remembrance and memories followed by refreshments. This is an opportunity to come and share your memories of the church or stories your parents and grandparents told.