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The Church that Named Bethesda

The Past, Present and Future of the Bethesda Meeting House – “the church that named Bethesda.”

Despite being among the community’s most storied buildings, the Bethesda Meeting House was vacant and deteriorating when it was acquired last year by an affiliate of the Bethesda Historical Society. Constructed in 1820 (and rebuilt in 1850 after a fire) it features a rare “slave gallery,” was the town’s first Post Office, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and the MoCo Master Plan for Historic Preservation. Tradition has it that Abraham Lincoln worshipped there, and it was occupied by Confederate cavalry during Jubal Early’s raid on Washington in July 1864.

BMAV, Bethesda Historical Society, and Connie Morella Library, present Bethesda historian Hank Levine giving an illustrated tour of this iconic building’s history, significance, and future. No registration necessary.
Monday, April 29, 2024, 2:00 PM until 3:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) (UTC-05:00)
Connie Morella Library branch meeting room
7400 Arlington Rd
Bethesda, MD  
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Elizabeth Haile
Village Events
Registration is not Required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Washington Area Villages Exchange
P.O. Box 7464
Alexandria, VA 22307-0464