Hart's United Methodist Church's Rich, Deep Roots
Hart's United Methodist Church is located in the heart of historic Elk Neck, six miles south of North East, Maryland on Turkey Point Road (MD Route 272). This small country church's location commands a spectacular view of rolling countryside and the picturesque Elk River at the head of the Chesapeake Bay.

Hart's Church is rich in history and has deep roots to the area. Church services were originally held under the walnut trees (the "Walnut Tree Meetings") on the farm of Robert Hart, Sr. On October 15, 1794 the Reverend Francis Asbury preached at Hart's Meeting House. Then, on August 21, 1801 the original deed for the property for Hart's Church was executed. In 1870 Hart's was reconstructed using parts of the original church. Numerous renovations and improvements have been made to Hart's Church in its over 200 years of service to God, community, and friends.

Still retaining the original, quaint charm of its era, Hart's Church celebrated its 200 year Bicentennial on November 20, 1994. Our theme, "Building on the Past by Planning for the Future" has set the stage for continued growth and dedication in meeting the spiritual needs of our growing Christian community.

The quaint and glowing interior of the church features a life size painting entitled "Christ Knocking at the Door", painted in 1927 by church member Edward Knowles and his wife Edith. Their great, great grandchildren attend Hart's UMC today.

Who We Are

Our Mission


Making disciples for the transformation of the world


Oh how easy it is to get lost! With our cell phones and iPads, our 24-hour news cycles, there’s virtually nowhere to go for a moment of peace and quiet.


That’s where Hart's Church comes in. We provide a holy place of respite in the tumult of life. So come, put aside the cares of the week and find yourself in the presence of God.

Hart's United Methodist Church


  1. From I-95: Take "Rising Sun/North East" exit 100A (Rt. 272) south toward North East. Continue on Rt. 272 south, across US Rt. 40 into town of North East, MD. Continue through town on Rt. 272 (becomes Turkey Point Rd.) approximately 6 miles to Hart's UMC on right.
  2. From US 40: At intersection with Rt. 272, turn south toward North East, MD. Continue through town on Rt. 272 (becomes Turkey Point Rd.) approximately 6 miles to Hart's UMC on right.