First United Methodist Church (Michigan Historic Marker)

First United Methodist Church Today

Name of Historic Site:  First United Methodist Church Informational Designation

Description of Historic Site:  When Albertus Van Raalte and other Dutch settlers came to Michigan they were helped by two Methodists who had settled in the Holland area earlier.  George Harrington Sr. picked up the resent Dutch settlers from Allegan and brought them to Holland where the settlers stayed with Isaac Fairbanks until the new settlers had built their own log homes.  In 1861, Fairbanks and Harrington helped found the Holland Methodist Episcopal Church (First United Methodist Church), which became the first English speaking church in the Holland community.  The church celebrated its 125 anniversary at its current site, its fourth church home, in 1986.


Address:  57 W 10th St. Holland, MI 49423