Old Bethel Church

Old Bethel Church (HMWZP)

Location: Lewes, DE 19958 Sussex County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 46.531', W 75° 8.503'

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Built in 1790 as a meeting place for Methodists, this structure originally stood at third and Market Streets and consisted of one large room with an end gallery (slave box). In 1828 it was moved to Church and Mulberry Streets and enlarged to serve the growing congregation. Replaced by a larger structure in 1870 and therefore nor longer needed as a church building it was moved to this site and considerably altered thereafter into two private residences. Restoration of the 1790 large room and end gallery was begun in 1980. Completed in 1982 by John M. Vessels, Jr. this building and Barratt's Chapel near Frederica are the only two 18th century Methodist Preaching Houses to have survived in Delaware to the present day.
" We have a chapel built at Lewistown."
?? ?... from the journal of Bishop Francis Asbury,
October 23, 1790
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Date Added Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 1:46am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 487689 N 4291875
Decimal Degrees38.77551667, -75.14171667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 46.531', W 75° 8.503'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 46' 31.86" N, 75° 8' 30.18" W
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Area Code(s)302
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 291-399 3rd St, Lewes DE 19958, US
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