Downieville Community United Methodist Church

This historic building, construction of which was begun in 1853 and completed in 1856, is the oldest church of Protestant denomination in California.  Built as a Methodist - Episcopal place of worship, the church today is home to the United Methodist congregation of Downieville.  The construction of this building was organized under the leadership of Rev. H. Ewart.

The church's original 1856 bell continues to call worshipers to the Sunday services.

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Latitude: 39.5590024 Longitude: -120.8272612 Elevation: 2916 ft
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Lee Adams

Hours Open to Visitation

Regular worship services are held every Sunday at 10:30 am.

ADA Accessibility Notes

Entry into this historic structure require the climbing of two sets of stairs with four stairs each.


A must see on your walking tour of Downieville. Stop by for a closer look at the church and sign the guest book. Better yet, attend a worship service with us!

Karen Galan, 9/20/2011

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