The article includes a letter, from a brethren, to the
paper. In that letter it is suggested
that the church members call it whatever they wish and that it be known as Oxford
at Arcadia Station. This brethren also refers to a town there named Rigby. Mount Holly
A brief history of the church:
The History of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania with Biographical Sketches by Franklin Ellis and Samuel Evans also notes this church. They refer to it as Rigby. Listed under “African Churches,” it refers to the church as being “… located at Arcadia Station on the Peach Bottom Railroad. This last has been long known the country through as ‘Rigby,’ …” It mentions also that the Rigby Meeting is well attended by both white and colored.
Founded in 1837, the church has undergone many name changes over the years. According to Churches and Cemeteries of
County, Pennsylvania A Complete
Guide by A. Hunter Rineer, Jr., Aaron Quimby provided land to the trustees
of the African Union Church (now known as the Union American Methodist
Episcopal Church). The land adjoined the .
The church then became known as the land of Jarrett Rigby . A cemetery
adjoined the meetinghouse. In 1876 land was deeded at Rigby
Church and a new church was built. Arcadia
This new church would, no doubt, be the one referred to as
Holly or . It is called Arcadia .
Mount Sinai Union
The Arcadia Station was served by the Lancaster Oxford and Southern Line. The line ran just north of
Arcadia Trace Road.
The station was located between Cherry
Hill Road to the east and Peach Bottom Road to the west. It is
located in . Fulton
On This Day is a prompt I started this month to further explore historical events.
© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015