Arcadia Congregational Church # 442
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Biker Ozzy
N 41° 25.402 W 099° 07.347
14T E 489768 N 4585764
Marker for the oldest church on Main street.
Waymark Code: WM69ET
Location: Nebraska, United States
Date Posted: 04/27/2009
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member MNSearchers
Views: 9

Marker reads as follows.


Three years after the town of Arcadia was platted in October 1885, the First Congregational Church was organized on November 25, 1888, the second church in town. Articles of incorporation were recorded on December 2, 1889, and the building, costing $2,885, was dedicated in July 1890. The Reverend Howard Hitchcock was the first permanent pastor. A parsonage was erected in 1899. On July 9, 1904, a tornado
damaged the church, which was repaired without the original steeple. In the spring of 1920 a new parsonage was constructed east of the church.

The longest serving pastor was the Reverend William Alcorn, from 1919 to 1929. During his pastorate the church added 258 members and held 20 weddings. By the 1970s membership had begun to decline, and in August 1998 the five remaining members voted to close the church, after 110 years of service to the community, and donate the building
to Arcadia. Now known as "The Gathering Place," it is used for weddings, funerals, and other events. It is the oldest building on Main Street.

Valley County Centennial Committee
Nebraska State Historical Society

Hill and Bridge Streets, Arcadia
Valley County
Marker #442

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