Eleanor Holmes Norton Celebrates 250 Years of Dumbarton United Methodist Church


Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton will attend the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service at Dumbarton Church on March 13th to honor its 250th year as one of the oldest continuously active Methodist churches in the world. “It all started in a cooper’s workshop in Georgetown before the Revolutionary War,” said Rev. Rachel Cornwell, the pastor.  “Our church has so much of D.C. history wrapped into its own stories.”  Dumbarton is also one of the oldest churches in DC.  It is the mother church for Mt. Zion, Foundry, Capitol Hill, and other Methodist Churches still active in the denomination.

Also:  Quilts for DC Statehood, Historic Stained Glass Exhibit

In honor of Dumbarton’s 250th anniversary and Rep. Norton’s visit, a selection of quilts from Quilts4DC Statehood will be on display at the church and open to the public from 12:30 to 3 PM that day.  In July 2021, the League of Women Voters invited quilters nationwide to a Quilts4DC Statehood Challenge to help make Washington, DC the 51st state.  These small quilts celebrate the natural, historic, visual, and ethnic richness of the future Washington, Douglass Commonwealth.  They speak to the continuing challenge DC residents face to achieve full representation and the full rights of US citizenship. The complete collection is posted in a virtual exhibit at https://www.lwvdc.org/quilts4dcgallery.

And Dumbarton is renowned for its stained glass windows.  Each window has a story that can be accessed by a QR Code next to the window.  Come learn some of Georgetown’s surprising history on March 13 at 12:30 p.m.