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Dover in Kent County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Wesley United Methodist Church

 
 
Wesley United Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, December 15, 2010
1. Wesley United Methodist Church Marker
Inscription. The origin of this congregation can be traced to the establishment of a Methodist society in Dover in 1778. Land on North Street was obtained in 1782, and a brick chapel was completed there in 1784. Bishops Francis Asbury and Richard Whatcoat, pioneers of American Methodism, often conducted services there. Needing more space, the present site was purchased for a new church. The cornerstone was laid on September 23, 1850, and the building was dedicated the following February. To accommodate further growth, the church was enlarged in 1870 and 1884. A major rebuilding project in 1897 included the addition of stained glass windows, organ pipes, and a lofty beamed ceiling, giving the church a cathedral like appearance. Another addition was built in 1924. In 1950, Grace Fellowship Hall was added, St. Paulís Chapel was created, and a major redesign of the sanctuary took place. The former Post Office Building to the east became the Education Center in 1967.
 
Erected 2003 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number KC-79.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Francis Asbury, Traveling Methodist Preacher marker series.
 
Location. 39° 9.461′ N, 75° 31.448′ W. Marker is in Dover, Delaware
Door of Wesley United Methodist Church image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, December 15, 2010
2. Door of Wesley United Methodist Church
, in Kent County. Marker is on South State Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 209 South State Street, Dover DE 19901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Capitol Theater (within shouting distance of this marker); Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Inc. (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); World War II Memorial (about 300 feet away); The Golden Fleece Tavern (about 400 feet away); In the Council Chamber of Elizabeth Battell's Golden Fleece Tavern (about 400 feet away); Ridgely House (about 400 feet away); The Delaware Line (about 500 feet away); Bishop Richard Allen (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Dover.
 
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National Register of Historic Places Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, December 15, 2010
3. National Register of Historic Places Plaque
Wesley United Methodist Church image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, December 15, 2010
4. Wesley United Methodist Church
Wesley United Methodist Church and Marker (at right) image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 17, 2012
5. Wesley United Methodist Church and Marker (at right)
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 629 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   5. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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