By using this site, you agree to its use of cookies as provided in our policy.

Old Plover Methodist Church - Plover, WI
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member onfire4jesus
N 44° 27.412 W 089° 32.461
16T E 297844 N 4925758
Quick Description: This building, the oldest standing church in the county, was built about 1857 by the Presbyterian Congregation. Some 9 years later, 1866, the building was sold to the Methodist Congregation. It is located in the Plover Heritage Park.
Location: Wisconsin, United States
Date Posted: 9/28/2007 11:22:31 AM
Waymark Code: WM29NE
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 23

Long Description:

From the Plover Heritage web site:
This building, the oldest standing church in the county, was built about 1857 by the Presbyterian Congregation. Some 9 years later, 1866, the building was sold to the Methodist Congregation. This group used the structure until 1963 when they built a new church. For the next 16 years the structure underwent at least two "guttings" in an effort to convert it to other uses. These did not work and the building was simply allowed to sit. The Society obtained the building in 1978 and began the long process of bringing it back from the verge of collapse. The exterior of the church is Greek Revival architecture and is built in the style of barns of the times in order to obtain the large interior needed for a church. The society has left all of this in tact in its efforts to preserve this building. The society was also able to get the building listed on the National Register of Historic buildings. The steeple blew off in two sections over the years and the society does have plans to restore that portion of the building in the future. The Church's basic interior features have been maintained as far as possible after the early gutting. Second floor galleries have been added to increase the display area. The building is now being used by the historical society as its main, annual display area.

Street address:
Madison Ave
Plover, WI USA
54467


County / Borough / Parish: Portage

Year listed: 1980

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Architecture/Engineering: Style: Greek Revival

Periods of significance: 1850-1874, 1875-1899

Historic function: Religion: Religious Structure

Current function: Education: Museum

Privately owned?: yes

Season start / Season finish: From: 6/1/2008 To: 9/4/2008

Hours of operation: From: 1:00 PM To: 5:00 PM

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
Please give the date and brief account of your visit. Include any additional observations or information that you may have, particularly about the current condition of the site. Additional photos are highly encouraged, but not mandatory.
Search for...
Geocaching.com Google Map
Google Maps
MapQuest
Bing Maps
Trails.com Maps
Nearest Waymarks
Nearest U.S. National Register of Historic Places
Nearest Geocaches
Nearest Benchmarks
Nearest Hotels
Create a scavenger hunt using this waymark as the center point
Recent Visits/Logs:
Date Logged Log User Rating  
REUAHNESIE visited Old Plover Methodist Church - Plover, WI 10/29/2010 REUAHNESIE visited it
VisN visited Old Plover Methodist Church - Plover, WI 2/3/2009 VisN visited it
onfire4jesus visited Old Plover Methodist Church - Plover, WI 9/16/2007 onfire4jesus visited it

View all visits/logs