Historic Sites

     To recognize locations of significance in The United Methodist Church, places can be granted ‘Landmark’ or ‘Historic Site’ status.  There are no Landmarks … sites of major importance to the Church in general … in the Louisiana Conference; but several congregations are listed as Historic Sites by the General Commission on Archives and History (GCAH). 
     After an Annual Conference has approved the application, it is sent with a fee of $75 to the GCAH.  To attain Historic Site status, the applicant must show their significance to United Methodism's history in our Conference.  They are issued a number in order of their acceptance.  The numbered Historic Sites in the Louisiana Conference are: 

  • 42  Richmond Nolley grave site, Jena
  • 166 Bartholomew United Methodist Church, Bastrop
  • 190 Boeuf Prairie Methodist Church, Fort Necessity
  • 351  First United Methodist Church of Bastrop
  • 376 Mount Zion United Methodist Church, New Orleans 
  • 377 Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church, New Orleans

     For a number of years, we have also recognized historic locations on a Conference level.  For a Louisiana United Methodist Marker, sites applied to the Annual Conference for recognition.  Qualifications for a Louisiana marker were not as strict as for the national Historic Site marker.  We have a number of sites that have been recognized as historic by the Louisiana Conference (but were not continued to the GCAH).  According to previous Commission on Archives & History reports and correspondence, these include: 

  • First United Methodist Church of Eunice 
  • Roanoke United Methodist Church, Roanoke
  • Calvary United Methodist Church, Thibodaux
  • Peoples United Methodist Church, New Orleans
  • Wesley-Booneville United Methodist Church, Bunkie
  • Glenmora United Methodist Church, Glenmora
  • First United Methodist Church of Lecompte
  • First United Methodist Church of Crowley
  • Holly Grove United Methodist Church, Anacoco
  • Gibson United Methodist Church, Gibson
  • Arizona United Methodist Church, Homer
  • Bayou Chicot United Methodist Church, Bayou Chicot
  • Bethel United Methodist Church[, Pride
  • Day’s United Methodist Church, Liverpool
  • First United Methodist Church of Columbia
  • First United Methodist Church of Winnsboro
  • Jackson United Methodist Church, Jackson
  • Mount Zion United Methodist Church (abandoned site on Homer/Athens road)
  • Pharr United Methodist Church, Morgan City
  • Plaquemine Brulee United Methodist Church, Branch
  • Oak Ridge United Methodist Church, Oak Ridge
  • Waldheim United Methodist Church, Covington
  • Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Ruston
  • Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Waterproof

There are other churches that have markers.  If you know of a church with a marker that is not listed here, please let us know. 

More Information

        •Historic Site designation instructions

        •List of nationally recognized UM Historical sites

     
If you think you have a site that might qualify, contact the Louisiana Commission on Archives and History for more information.