The information below was taken from the 150th anniversary book of the Quaker Springs United Methodist Church
The article itself was written for the 100th anniversary book.

The exact date of the founding of the Methodist Church in Quaker Springs is unknown, but it is generally
believed that the first church stood at the top of the hill, west of the noted Mineral Springs.

On November 1843, the church was incorporated and was named the Methodist Church of Quaker Springs. This may be found
in records of religious corporation County Clerks office, Ballston Spa, NY Vol. 2, Page 48. That building it seems was
not considered by its members worthy of such an organization, so they began plans for a new church.

The deed states that the land was sold by David Ray (deceased) to the trustees of
the First Methodist Church of Quaker Springs and their successors for fifty dollars in 1842.

The church was built in 1844 and dedicated in 1845.

The guest speaker was J.T. Peck, principal of Poultney Academy. A complete line of records has not been found. The most
interesting items were preserved for many years by the late Isaac W. Meader. He was at one time a store keeper here and
a man with much local pride for civic affairs as well as church work.

I had been trying to find out who built the church when I received a card from Minnie King. She said that William Armstrong
(a shoe maker) had told her that the church people bought the frame of a big barn and moved it where it now stands. Most of
the people that hear this think it might be so.

He would have been much over 100 years old now. Mr. Armstrong lived there all his life. In 1914, I.W. Meader bought his
three-quarters acre of land. This joined Mr. Meader as well as the church. He tor down the house and cleansed up the place.
He didn't want any undesirable building going up in front of the church. Nor anyone to sell it while the church stands.

The church seems to have stood as first built until 1875 when an 8 foot hall was added to the front. This probably gave warmth
in winter. A belfry was built over the hall to include a new bell. This bell was given by Morgan L. Holmes, a trustee of the church.
It still rings, telling the country side that it is time for worship. At a later date, the steps were removed and a large porch and
portico were built on. This kept the ladies dry while alighting from the horse drawn carriage or surrey, according to the size of the family.

Today the choir sits at the minister's left. In the olden days it was in the rear of the church. The seats were raised in three tiers. Of Course,
the kerosene lamps were replaced by electric light in September 1927. What a change this made!

A few years ago, the two long seats in the northwest corner were removed to make room for an upright piano.

The church was incorporated under the laws of New York State in 1880. The name of the church was then called The United Episcopal Church.

In 1890 the papers of satisfaction of mortgage had been drawn up. One day soon afterward the mortgage was burned. The paper
was placed on a dust pan. A small lad, Edgar Barker, now living in Watervliet, lighted the match and applied it to the paper.
Many of the old members looked back with pride to that date.

Now I want to tell you how the $379.50 was raised for the mortgage. Whenever the church needed money I.W. Meader
would hang up a paper in his store. When anyone came in the store he would ask them if they had seen the paper. This
paper which I have is two feet long and over 54 years old. Sixty people signed this paper and paid their money.
The names appearing on the paper are as follows:

 Adsit, Rev. Spencer M.  Agan, Jane  Barett, John  Bennet, Minnie  Brightman, Charles
 Buck, Joseph  Curtis, Frank  Darling, Eliza  Davis, Addie  Davis, Anna
 Davis, Gideon  Davis, John  Davis, Nettie  Dodd, Frank  Dodd, Frederick, Jr.
 Dodd, Frederick, Sr.  Dodd, Jessie  Dodd, Joseph  Dodd, Josephine  Dodd, O.H.
 Dodd, Phebe  Dodd, William H.  Donnelly, Dr. W.S.  Duell, George  Esmond, Mr. Atwell
 Esmond, Mrs. Atwell  Esmond, Reuben  Esmond, Samual  Gigallen, James  Griffen, Mrs. Daniel
 Griffen, Daniel  Griffen, Edward Sr.  Hathaway, Fanny  Holmes, George  Holmes, Mary
 Holmes, Morgan L.  Kitridge, George  Lohnas, Elizabeth  Lohnas, Elmire Jane  Losee, Thomas
 Meader, Frederick W.  Meader, Albert  Meader, Isaac W. & Family  Meader, Rinaldo E.  Perkins, James Monroe
 Potter, Elnathan  Potter, Hiram  Russel, Edwin  Sarle, Eugene  Smith, Allen
 Smith, Austin  Smith, Daniel  Smith, Lewis  Tanner, Charlotte  Thomas, D.W.
 Van Arsdale, Mrs. Van  Van Buren, Henry  Van Wee, George  Walker, James  Wandall, George
 Wilber, Madison  Wilson, Schuyler  Wilson, Mrs. Warren  Woodrow, Henry  Wooley, Charles

The Yearly meeting notes of 1864 state that the church belonged to the Stillwater circuit and in 1866 it joined Ketchums Corners.

Rev. Milton M. Lavery was the first minister under this plan. Rev. Roy Honeywell was his successor

Not all the names of the circuit preachers are known but for the last 50 years about 18 have preached from this
pulpit, married those who wished to be joined in wedlock, officiated at burials, cheered the sick and rendered to the
community such services as only a man of God can give.

Among the many interesting items of the personnel are: The descendants of one Charles Esmond, a trustee in 1851, have
always worshiped in this church. His great, great, grandson, Robert Wilson was Assistant Superintendent of the Sunday
School and great great grand daughters Olive and Marie Blodgett are a great to the Musical part of the service.
The grandmother of those children, Kate Esmond Wilson, was organist and sang in this church for many years even
as far back as when the music came from a melodeon in the back of the church.

Wallace Dodd who was past Superintendent of the Sunday School, is a great, great, grandson
of Frederick Dodd, Sr.. He was a trustee of the church in 1859.

Several great grandchildren of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac W. Meader are active in the church work
of the young people and are prepared to take their active places in the church of tomorrow.

When the reception was held to welcome Rev. Roy . Honeywell and family to our midst, one of
the trustees of the church Isaac E. Griffen said, "My parents, my grand parents and my great grandmother,
Elmira Jane Lohnes, worshiped in it."

Surely it is wonderful, that spirit of many which gives promise to the continuation
of the work of the "Church by the Side of the Road"

On October 20, 1940, at a special corporate meeting the name of the church was changed
to the Methodist Church of Quaker Springs.

Honorable mention should be made of the efficient work of the following over a long period of years.

Edward C. Griffen - Former Treasurer and Chairman of the Board of Trustees
George H. Lohnes - Former Chairman of the Finance Committee
Lewis S. Lohnes - Recording Steward

The influence of the Methodist Church of Quaker Springs must be measured in its record of service. Of that record it may justly feel
proud. It has given to the community for one hundred years. It has been a perpetual benediction. For that long period it has stood, one
place, where the hungry soul might be nourished with spiritual food. As years of service endear it to us, we join our hands to make it
better able to serve others also. It seeks nothing for itself. It gives freely to all. This is why it lives, and grows, and prospers.

by Marietta Griffen