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Green Hill Place

NC-39, Louisburg, NC, USA

Latitude & Longitude: 36° 5' 55.6746", -78° 17' 41.7768"
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"Site of first annual conference of Methodist Episcopal Church, 1785. Stands 300 yards S.W."
The Green Hill Place in Louisburg is associated with the birth of the Methodism in North Carolina. The house was built during the 1760s, and was known to Methodists as a landmark of the North Carolina circuit, the course of travel a pastor would follow in preaching throughout the state. The first Annual Methodist Episcopal Conference took place at Green Hill’s House on April 20, 1785.

Colonel Green Hill was a leading figure in the religious, martial, and political spheres of North Carolina life. From 1774 through 1779, Hill represented Bute County in various capacities, serving in the colonial Assembly in 1774 and the Second Provincial Congress in 1775. He also served as a Bute County magistrate beginning in January 1777.

Hill was active in the Methodist church, serving as a pastor in his community. It was in this capacity that he served as an Army chaplain in 1781. In 1785, Hill hosted Bishop Francis Asbury and representatives from Virginia, North and South Carolina in the first Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, held at the his house in 1785. Eleven years later Hill moved to Tennessee where he died at his home on Liberty Hill, a structure that closely resembles his house in North Carolina.

Built in the tradition of plantation style homes, the Green Hill House was renovated in 1988, but retains several features from the original design, such as brick chimneys and a tapered porch.

Catherine W. Bishir and Michael Southern, A Guide to the Historic Architecture of Piedmont North Carolina (2003)
General Commission on Archives and History of the United Methodist Church, “Green Hill House” online at http://www.gcah.org/Heritage_Landmarks/Green.htm
William S. Powell, ed., Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, III, 134-135—sketch of Green Hill Jr. by E. T. Malone, Jr.
W.L. Grissom, History of Methodism in North Carolina, From 1772 to the Present Time, Vol.1 (1905).
Thomas Neil Ivy, Green Hill (n.d.).
Green Hill Place Historical Marker Location Map, Louisburg, North Carolina