George Neal was a Scottish-born major with the British Army during the War of Independence. After the United States declared victory, Neal fled to Canada and arrived in Queenston in 1786. He soon became Canada’s first Saddlebag Preacher of Methodism. This was in sharp contrast to the Church of England recognized as the only religion by the British. This historic clapboard building was the town’s first Methodist Church. In 1925, it became part of the United Church of Canada. In 1997, it was donated to the Niagara Parks Commission.