EXHIBITS

Our exhibits highlight local island history, the Epworth By The Sea property history, John and Charles Wesley in England and Georgia, the formation and historical progression of the United Methodist Church, Kenneth S. Wyatt paintings of the Apostles, an extensive collection of international nativity sets, our beloved museum founder Bishop Arthur J. Moore's story and artifacts, and much more.

AUDIO-VISUAL ROOM

An entertaining and informative movie regaling the history of St. Simons Island from its Native American occupation to the modern era is on continuous play for your enjoyment.  Accompanying exhibits feature Charles Wesley's brief time on the island serving General James Oglethorpe and the colonists, Susie King Taylor and her life as a slave turned educator, and the history of the Epworth By The Sea property including its Hamilton Plantation period, the lumber mill period, Lewis family farm days, and subsequently Bishop Moore and the Pioneers' 1949 purchase and formation of the land for use as a Methodist retreat and conference center.

WESLEY ROTUNDA

Visitors are greeted to the museum by our 9' John Wesley, sculptor Marshall Daughtery's model of the statue which stands in Reynolds Square in downtown Savannah.  Surrounding the statue in the Rotunda are exhibits which impart the life stories of John and Charles Wesley in England, their work on the Georgia coast, and their early return to England.  All experiences which contributed greatly to their founding of the Methodist Movement.  Finally, we invite you to stand back and enjoy the magnificence of Howard Chandler Christy's 8' x 5' painting Christ After Chaos, which formerly hung in Bishop Moore's office at the UMC Board of Missions in New York City.

EARLY METHODISM IN AMERICA

See and hear how Methodism spread throughout America. Listen to an inspiring two-minute excerpt from an original Bishop Moore sermon. Exhibits highlight the formation and history of the United Methodist Church including the circuit riders who spread the word from church to church by horseback, Francis Asbury and Thomas Coke who were ordained as the first bishops in America, and many more key figures in Methodist history. Artist Kenneth Wyatt's magnificent paintings of Jesus and the Apostles are found here.

BISHOPS OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

The Strickland Wing of the museum houses artifacts previously belonging to United Methodist Church bishops. The Bishop's Room highlights the significance of the role of a Bishop in the UMC.

WOMEN IN THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

The United Methodist Church has a long history of intelligent, hardworking women. The efforts of Mary Culler White and her fellow missionaries, deaconesses, and members of the United Methodist Women organization are heralded in these exhibits.

WORLD NATIVITIES

This beautiful Italian nativity is just one of the many nativities in our international collection which includes sets from Africa, Asia, South America, and various other countries. 

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