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Site of Dover's First Methodist Church

 
 
Site of Dover's First Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, December 15, 2010
1. Site of Dover's First Methodist Church Marker
Inscription. In 1778, a Methodist Society was organized in Dover by Reverend Freeborn Garrettson. Desiring a permanent place of worship, members acquired a one-half acre lot at this location from Vincent Loockerman in 1782. Future Delaware Governor Richard Bassett contributed toward the construction of a forty foot square structure, which was named Wesley Chapel. Bishop Francis Asbury preached the first sermon here in 1784. The building was used until 1850, when a larger Wesley Methodist Episcopal Church was constructed on State Street. Notable burials include those of Bishop Richard Whatcoat, Delaware Governors Cornelius P. Comegys and Gove Saulsbury, and Representative Nathaniel B. Smithers.
 
Erected 2001 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number K-70.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Francis Asbury, Traveling Methodist Preacher marker series.
 
Location. 39° 9.371′ N, 75° 31.748′ W. Marker is in Dover, Delaware, in Kent County. Marker is at the intersection of W. North Street and South Queen Street on W. North Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dover DE 19904, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Colonel John Haslet (about 700
Site of Dover's First Methodist Church Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, December 15, 2010
2. Site of Dover's First Methodist Church Cemetery
feet away, measured in a direct line); John M. Clayton (about 700 feet away); Old Presbyterian Church (about 700 feet away); Site Of Kent Countyís First Presbyterian Church (about 700 feet away); The Capitol Theater (approx. 0.3 miles away); Wesley United Methodist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Golden Fleece Tavern (approx. 0.3 miles away); In the Council Chamber of Elizabeth Battell's Golden Fleece Tavern (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Dover.
 
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