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

Barratt's Chapel

 
 
Barratt's Chapel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, December 15, 2010
1. Barratt's Chapel Marker
Inscription. In 1778 a Methodist Society was organized in this area by Freeborn Garrettson. Desiring a permanent place of worship, the group constructed a brick “preaching house” at his location in 1780. The site was provided by Society member Phillip Barratt, and the building was named in his honor. On November 14, 1784, a large crowd gathered here for Quarterly Meeting. The sermon was given by Dr. Thomas Coke, who had recently arrived from England with directions from Methodist founder John Wesley to meet with church leaders and plan the future of American Methodism. Coke was accompanied by Richard Whatcoat, who had been ordained by Wesley before leaving England. During the service, the sacramental ordinances were administered for the first time by Methodist clergy in America. Following the sermon Coke was greeted by Francis Asbury, the country’s leading Methodist. At a meeting later that day, plans were formulated for the establishment of the Methodist Episcopal Church as an independent denomination in America. Known today as “The Cradle of American Methodism” Barratt’s Chapel is a Heritage Landmark of the United Methodist Church. The property was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
 
Erected 2005 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number KC-93.)
Barratt's Chapel and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 18, 2012
2. Barratt's Chapel and Marker

 
Location. 39° 1.483′ N, 75° 27.558′ W. Marker is in Frederica, Delaware, in Kent County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Delaware Route 1 and Barratt's Chapel Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Frederica DE 19946, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Barratt's Chapel (within shouting distance of this marker); Warner Mifflin (approx. 3.7 miles away); Murderkill/Motherkiln Friends Meeting (approx. 3.7 miles away); Town of Bowers (approx. 3.8 miles away); Geographic Center of Delaware (approx. 4.8 miles away); The St. Jones River: Why the Mansion Faces South (approx. 5.3 miles away); St. Jones Neck (approx. 5.4 miles away); North Murderkill Hundred (approx. 5.5 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Barratt's Chapel website. (Submitted on January 9, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
2. Barratt's Chapel & Museum - Heritage Landmark of the United Methodist Church. (Submitted on January 9, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Additional comments.
1. National Register of Historic Places:
Barratt's Chapel (added 1972 - - #72000281)
Barratt's Chapel image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, December 15, 2010
3. Barratt's Chapel

N of Frederica on U.S. 113 , Frederica
• Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering
• Architect, builder, or engineer: Unknown
• Architectural Style: No Style Listed
• Area of Significance: Architecture, Religion
• Period of Significance: 1750-1799
• Owner: Private
• Historic Function: Religion
    — Submitted October 25, 2012.

 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Notable Events
 
National Register of Historic Places Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, December 15, 2010
4. National Register of Historic Places Plaque
Barratt's Chapel image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 18, 2012
5. Barratt's Chapel
Upper: Historic American Buildings Survey
Lower:
National Register of Historic Places:
#72000281
Barratt's Chapel Survey/Historic American Engineering Record image. Click for full size.
By W. Gould White, April 30, 1936
6. Barratt's Chapel Survey/Historic American Engineering Record
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Barratt's Chapel and adjacent cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 18, 2012
7. Barratt's Chapel and adjacent cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 494 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   2. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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