200 Year’s of Methodism in Arkansas


This year marks the 200th anniversary of the erection of the first Methodist church building in Arkansas. It was named “Henry’s Chapel.” The chapel was located at the site of Mound Prairie where a monument now stands. The site was recognized by the Little Rock Conference in 1917. The Historical Society of the Little Rock Conference placed a monument there in 1961, on 25 sq. feet now owned by the Arkansas Conference.


The worship celebration will be held at the site of Henry’s Chapel. Arrive in Washington, near Hope, by 10:00 a.m. to ride a bus to the worship site. Buses will leave from the WPA Gymnasium across the street from the Washington United Methodist Church at 124 Hwy.195 So., Washington, AR, 71862. At the site chairs, water, and toilets will be available. Bring your own chairs if you like. Come casual; wear walking shoes and hats. Dress in character if you like.


The celebration worship will begin at 11:00 a.m. Enjoy old fashioned a cappella singing. Holy Communion will be served. Preaching will be by our own Bishop Gary Mueller.


Enjoy a tour of the Washington United Methodist Church, Historic Washington State Park, the museum and Washington with its carriage rides. There are no camping spaces at the park but there is camping near by.


Free burger lunches will be provided at the WPA Gymnasium in Washington across the street from the church. Enjoy meeting and greeting friends. There will be historical exhibits at the gymnasium.


washingtonmethodistchurch@gmail.com or call (870) 703-8256.