Westwoods Methodist Church

Westwoods Methodist Church (HMWQT)

Location: Millsboro, DE 19966 Sussex County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 30.485', W 75° 22.193'

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During the spring of 1779, Methodist pioneer Freeborn Garrettson visited this area to bring the message of his faith to the people. The efforts of Reverend Garrettson and others who followed were met with considerable success. Numerous "societies" or "classes" were organized as a result. Meetings were often held in private residences, there being a considerable distance to travel to the nearest organized church.
Around 1880 a group of local residents began to hold services in the Good Hope School House. Soon after, they started to conduct "woods" or "bush" meetings in the open air nearby. A camp meeting ground was subsequently constructed. In 1892, on one day alone, fifty-eight youth were baptized at Westwoods Camp. While meetings were well-attended, they were discontinued in the mid-1890's when the services were merged with those that were being held at other churches nearby.
In 1890 the congregation began the construction of a church. On March 23, 1891, trustees were elected, and the land where the church was built was conveyed to them by Joshua G. West. The building was completed later that year. The church was affiliated with the Gumboro Circuit of the Methodist Episcopal denomination. It was given the name Westwoods to reflect its wooded surroundings, and to honor Joshua G. West and the other members of his family who had been instrumental in its creation and growth.
Marker NumberSC 121
Year Placed1998
Placed ByThe Delaware Public Archives
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Date Added Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 7:29am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 467750 N 4262255
Decimal Degrees38.50808333, -75.36988333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 30.485', W 75° 22.193'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 30' 29.10" N, 75° 22' 11.58" W
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Area Code(s)302
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 22007 Westwoods Rd, Millsboro DE 19966, US
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