THE HISTORY OF RHUMC
The Round Hill United Methodist Church is not one of the oldest churches in the County, but its history does cover the span of a lifetime. The land on which the present church building is situated was acquired from Klein Wright by deed dated September 30, 1887. The land was deeded to Joseph R. Hill, James M. Wynkoop, Thomas W. Wynkoop, C.W. Hammerly, and R.P.W. Jones, Trustees for M.E. Church, South, as a place of Divine Worship for the use of the ministry and membership of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South at Round Hill, Loudoun County, Virginia, subject to the discipline, usage and ministerial appointments of said Church as from time to time authorized and declared by the General Conference of said Church, and the Annual Conference, within whose bounds the said premises are situated.
Though yellowed with age this original deed is still in the possession of the church and is in good condition. It is written in longhand, signed by Klein Wright with no witnesses to his signature, but is certified by the Clerk of the Loudoun County Court.
A word about the Trustees: Joseph R. Hill was a farmer from the Bluemont vicinity. He owned and resided on the large farm at the foothills of the Blue Ridge now owned and occupied by the James Brownell family (Whitehall). Charles W. Hammerly, who eventually built a Queen Anne Victorian adjacent to the church property, ran a store at Woodgrove. James and Thomas Wynkoop, brothers, were uncles of Misses Ruth, Ada, and Fannie Wynkoop.
The congregation of the Round Hill Methodist Church was not a new congregation, but was in reality a transfer to a newer location. This congregation had for many years worshiped in a church building in Woodgrove, located on the corner lot just west of the main residence on Woodgrove Farm.
The need for larger quarters at a more central location led to the acquisition of the Round Hill site.