Category Archives: St. Andrew’s Methodist Episcopal Church

St. Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church #3

November 13, 2018

St. Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church, now located at the corner of North 5th and D streets, was completed in 1854—the first church built in Jacksonville, the first church built in southwestern Oregon, and the oldest wood frame structure in town. At some point a parsonage was also constructed on California Street, just east of what became the site of the historic Presbyterian Church. As the Presbyterian Church neared completion in 1881, the Methodist Episcopal Trustees chose to sell the old parsonage and purchase the house at 325 North 5th, newly completed by local builder John Hockenjos. Hockenjos had purchased the entire northeast corner of the block in 1878 with the intention of constructing rental houses. What is now known as the Methodist Episcopal Parsonage may have been briefly rented before the Church Trustees purchased it in April 1881. The parsonage remained in the ownership of the Methodist Episcopal Church until 1921 when it was taken over by the county for back taxes. Sometime before the Church relinquished its title, a 1-story addition with a separate entrance was constructed—perhaps for parishioners visiting the Methodist minister at his home. The building is now a private residence.

St. Andrew’s Methodist Episcopal Church


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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

St. Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church, the first church in the RogueValley and possibly Southern Oregon, was erected in 1854 and dedicated New Year’s Day 1855.  The building originally faced 4th Street, but was rotated 180 degrees to its present location at the corner of 5th and D streets in Jacksonville when the new JacksonCounty courthouse was completed in 1884.

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