A Proud History of Loyalville and its United Methodist Church

Located in a quiet, country area in Lake Township, Loyalville has a long and proud history dating back to the 1700's.  In 1795 a road was hacked out of the wilderness from Wilkes-Barre to Bradford County to encourage settlers to begin to tame this new frontier.  Mathew Scouten is reported to have been the first settler to have called Loyalville home.  He cleared a small tract of land for an apple orchard near Booths Corners. 

In 1806, Daniel Lee settled at the head waters of Pikes Creek at a marsh and pond area named in his honor and still known today as Lee Pond.  Farmers from the Plymouth area drove their cattle to Lee Pond for summer grazing and Daniel Lee was employed to care for the herd. 

Jackson Township resident, Otis Allen, arrived in the Loyalville area in 1836 and by the spring of 1838 had managed to bring his family to their new home. 

Over the next several years, Loyalville began to grow and prosper thanks to the new arrivals, such as Jonah Roberts, Elon Davenport, Daniel Casebaer, David Moss, John Fosnot, Jacob Sorber, Jonah Bronson, Jonathan Williams, Clarke Wolfe, Jesse Kitchen, George Shupp, James Hawley, Edward Ide, and Henry Ide. 

In the years prior to 1860, ten families lived at Allen's Corners (Intersection of Loyalville Road and Maple Tree Road).  A small store was constructed at each location to provide for residents and area travelers. 

At the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, a pine pole and an American Flag was erected on a small knoll near Booth's Corner to demonstrate the local residents loyalty to the Union cause.  The flag continued to fly throughout the four long years of conflict and the area from Allen's Corner to Booth's Corner became known as Loyalville. 

Some of the earliest church records show that the community began organized church meetings at the homes of local residents.  In 1845, eleven people met at the Allen home to form the first Methodist Class Meeting. 

The policy of the Methodist Church was to organize groups called classes under the direction of a class leader.  Some of the early class leaders at Loyalville were Joseph Booth, Jonas Hoppes, Nathan Klinetob, H. G. DeLong, and Julias Ide.  The first Circuit Rider to the area was Elder Davine, a Methodist Episcopal Minister.  Elder Clark was the first preacher to the area. 

In 1885, under the leadership and ministry of Reverend G. F. Ace a site was selected for the construction of the Loyalville Church.  Approximately halfway between Booth's Corner and Allen's Corner a grove of chestnut trees stood atop a low ridge.  The land was donated by Henry and Sybil Randall for the construction of the Chestnut Grove Methodist Episcopal Church (no known as Loyalville United Methodist Church).  Articles of Incorporation were issued on April 22, 1885, and the building was constructed that summer for a cost of $1,420.00. 

During the ministry of Reverend Mark Dauber the church had continued to grow and it was determined that a social gathering place was needed to help serve the congregation and community.  A hall was constructed at the rear of the church in 1916 for a cost of $1,500.00.  With a formal dedication of the building on January 1st, 1917.  Throughout the years that followed many improvements to the church and hall have taken place thanks to the dedication and hard work of church members.  Some historical items of interest found in the Church records are:

During the ministry of Reverend Jeffrey Rarich, 1979 - 1985, many improvements were made to the Loyalville Church and Hall.

In later years, an addition to the kitchen was constructed in honor and now in memory of Gilbert Ide.

The front porch and steps were constructed as a Boy Scout Eagle Project by Scott and Betty Sorchek's son Joshua.