Historical Society Plaque

Proud member of the Historical
Society since May 3, 1984.

Established in 1812...Made New Everyday


The area around the small community of Rockland was part of the Chester Circuit, formed in 1774. Circuit riders and lay leaders held religious services in private homes and school houses as early as 1812. In 1834, Thomas and Hannah Aldred gave a beautiful site for erecting our current church building. The simple structure of Brandywine granite overlooked the small village of Rockland.


Over the years the congregation and building grew. In 1872 the pitch of the roof was increased, a narthex added, and the exterior walls stuccoed. In the midst of the Great Depression stained glass windows were added and greatly enhanced the beauty of the sanctuary. This feat of sacrificial giving is especially noteworthy given the economic pressures of the time. In 1952 Fellowship Hall was built, including the kitchen and a stage upon which religious and not-so religious plays were performed. Subsequently, a second floor was added in 1974 enabling the creation of dedicated Sunday school, nursery, and music rooms.


In tribute to our church's long-standing place in the community and after extensive research and effort, Mount Lebanon UMC was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. We are grateful for its rich history and deep spiritual foundation that provide the basis for our moving into the future.


Become a part of history - join us for Sunday worship services here at historic Mount Lebanon United Methodist Church.