By Jeff Bobo/ Kingsport Times News
ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. (April 20, 2015) — The Capt. Thomas Amis settlement property near Rogersville wasn’t placed on the United Methodist Church list of historic locations because Bishop Francis Asbury slept there a few times 225 years ago.
Asbury slept in a lot of locations during his four decade journey across colonial America, and most of them have no historical designation.
What makes Asbury’s visits to the Amis House in April and May of 1790 historically significant is the mission of westward outreach Asbury launched from there, and the effect it had on the future growth of the church.
Methodists from across the Holston Valley, as well as top national UMC officials were joined at the Amis property Saturday by history buffs and local dignitaries to celebrate the dedication of the old settlement as an official UMC historical location