'A poor sinner': Event celebrates Bishop Asbury's 1790 visit to Rogersville's Amis House

'A poor sinner': Event celebrates Bishop Asbury's 1790 visit to Rogersville's Amis House

ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. (March 29, 2015) — In his journal, Bishop Francis Asbury didn’t give Capt. Thomas Amis's tavern and inn a glowing review 225 years ago, although his complaints were mostly ideological and not pertaining to the accommodations.

But, after a few months in the wilderness, Bishop Asbury admitted that sleeping in a bed at the home of a man he described as "a poor sinner" was very welcome. 

Bishop Asbury, who was born in England in 1745, was one of the first two bishops of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States.

As a young man he began a 45 year journey through America in 1771. He traveled on horseback and by carriage spreading Methodism throughout the frontier.


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