Though this church is presently housed in a modern sanctuary, its congregation was chartered in 1855. Its cemetery dates to around 1851 and is located on a separate plot of land on Cameron Road; it is possible that the congregation’s first church was also here. Zion Presbyterian Church is a daughter church of Bethesda Presbyterian Church in nearby York. That church was founded around 1770.
The lot for the present church edifice was donated by J.S. Guy, who also donated the land for People’s Free Library, which stands adjacent to the church. When the library was built in 1903, Guy stipulated that if the small structure were ever to cease being used as a library, it would become property of Zion Presbyterian Church.
The library closed permanently in 1954 and was conveyed to the church. Today the quaint building serves as a local museum and continues to be owned by Zion Presbyterian Church, as per the wishes of Mr. Guy. Zion Presbyterian Church belongs to the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).
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