Site of Milford's First Methodist Church

Site of Milford's First Methodist Church (HMONL)

Location: Milford, DE 19963 Kent County
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N 38° 54.967', W 75° 25.807'

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The beginning of Methodism in this community can be traced to the organization of a local "society" in 1777. Early meetings were held in the homes of its members. On December 3, 1787, Joseph Oliver conveyed a lot of ground at this location for the purpose of "building a preaching house or church" for the Methodists. A frame chapel was constructed here and completed in 1790. The growth and prosperity of the congregationresulted in the construction of an addition to the church in 1800. Prominent visitors included Methodist pioneers Francis Asbury and Freeborn Garrettson.The building continued to serve the congregation until 1842, when a new church was constructed across the street at the northwest corner of Third and North Streets. The old building was then sold and moved. Interments here had commenced in the late 18th century, and following removal of the first church, the site was used exclusively as a burial ground for members. Notable burials include those of Peter F. Causey, Governor of Delaware (1855-1859), and Civil War General Alfred T. A. Torbert.
Marker NumberKC-65
Year Placed2000
Placed ByThe Delaware Public Archives
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 10:55am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 462711 N 4307555
Decimal Degrees38.91611667, -75.43011667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 54.967', W 75° 25.807'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 54' 58.02" N, 75° 25' 48.42" W
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Area Code(s)302
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 301-309 North St, Milford DE 19963, US
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