Visitors Guide to the
McKendree Chapel Bainbridge Road
Old McKendree Chapel, a national Methodist shrine, was the second
meeting house constructed by the Methodists in Missouri and is regarded
as the oldest Protestant church structure standing west of the
Mississippi River. It is named after William McKendree, the first
American born bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church and the first
bishop to have ties with Missouri Methodism. The Old McKendree Chapel is
situated on two pastoral acres in a grove of oak and maple trees. With
the trees providing shade and the spring at the base of the rise
dispensing refreshing cold water, this peaceful setting was an ideal
location for camp meetings with the first meetings being held on the
site as early as 1806 when McKendree was the presiding elder of the
Cumberland district of the western conference of Methodism. The Chapel
has been renovated to its present condition with funds from the District
Board of Church Extension. The Chapel is listed in the National Archives
of the Methodist Church and the National Register of Historic Places in
the United States. An Annual Meeting is held each year on the 4th Sunday
of September at 3 pm.The public
is invited to bring a lawn chair and enjoy an old-time worship service
with a feature speaker and musicians on the Chapel lawn.
Visiting the McKendree Chapel
Winter: 8 am - Dusk
Summer: 8 am - 7 pm For
a personal tour, please call 3 or more days in advance. There is no charge to visit the McKendree
the intersection of S. Hoper Street and E. Jackson Blvd. in southern
Jackson take E. Jackson Blvd. approximately 1/3 of a mile to
S. Shawnee Blvd. Take a left on
S. Shawnee Blvd. one block to Bainbridge Road. Take a right on Old Cape
Road and proceed to Bainbridge Road. Take a left on Bainbridge Road and
proceed approximately 7/8 of a mile to the McKendree Chapel..
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