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Cornwall United Methodist Church

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1877–1878, John McArthur Jr. Alden St. and PA 419
  • (© George E. Thomas)

Methodists worshipped in the mining village as early as 1793, and the Coleman family gave a site for a plain brick chapel in 1832. According to church records, the present building was the work of Philadelphian John McArthur Jr., who created something of a Scots Romanesque design in its strongly contrasting granite walls and brownstone trim and the stone tower capped by a gabled roof. The interior has suffered from a coat of white paint, but the exterior composition is remarkable and very much a part of the aesthetic zone of the furnace owners. It is easy to imagine the workforce and their families parading past the owner's mansion on the way to and from church. The parish house was constructed in 1998. The Colemans also paid for the Episcopal ( LE11) and Congregational churches in Lebanon.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Cornwall United Methodist Church", [Lebanon, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 334-334.

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