The “Meeting House” Cherry Street Church

The "Meeting House" Cherry Street Church

The “Meeting House” Cherry Street Church

It was decided in 1836 that a church should be built in Clearfield, and although the exact date of completion is uncertain, it was recorded that the Quarterly Conference was held in the newly completed structure on October 5, 1839.  The church, referred to as the “Meeting House” was located in the present day parking lot of CNB Bank on Cherry Street.

This congregation was the Clearfield Methodist Episcopal Church from the time of the Cherry Street church until the name “Trinity” was adopted on August 7, 1907.

Up until this time, one preacher did all the work on the circuit, an area covered from Philipsburg west to Luthersburg, and from Elk County to southern Clearfield County, making a circuit of 70 miles north and south and 36 miles east and west.  The circuit rider traveled by horseback and would stay at people’s homes.

Marker near CNB Bank on Cherry Street marking the Old Cherry Street Church.  It reads "On this site was located the first Methodist Episcopal Church in Clearfield. The building, a frame structure, was dedicated on October 5, 1839. It served as a place of worship until November 15, 1868. Commemorated by The Trinity United Methodist Church Clearfield, PA. 1976"

Marker near CNB Bank on Cherry Street marking the Old Cherry Street Church. It reads “On this site was located the first Methodist Episcopal Church in Clearfield. The building, a frame structure, was dedicated on October 5, 1839. It served as a place of worship until November 15, 1868. Commemorated by The Trinity United Methodist Church Clearfield, PA. 1976”

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