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Odessa in New Castle County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Appoquinimink Friends Meeting House

 
 
Appoquinimink Friends Meeting House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, May 31, 2021
1. Appoquinimink Friends Meeting House Marker
Inscription.  Believed to be one of the smallest Quaker Meeting Houses in the nation, the Appoquinimink Friends Meeting House was built in 1785 by David Wilson and presented to the Friends as a gift. Local tradition identifies this structure as a stop on the Underground Railroad during the years preceding the Civil War. While enroute to destinations north of Delaware, runaway slaves would hide in the loft of the church in order to escape capture. Prominent local Quakers who served as agents on the Railroad included John Alston and John Hunn. The Appoquinimink Friends Meeting House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
 
Erected 1993 by Delaware State Archives. (Marker Number NC-90.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansChurches & Religion. In addition, it is included in the Delaware Public Archives, and the Quakerism ⛪ series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1785.
 
Location. 39° 27.489′ N, 75° 39.82′ W. Marker
Appoquinimink Friends Meeting House Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, August 10, 2008
2. Appoquinimink Friends Meeting House Marker
This is a previous iteration of the marker. While the information is identical, the formatting is slightly different. Additionally, the background blue color is of a lighter shade than the current version.
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is in Odessa, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is on Main Street 0.1 miles west of US 13 South, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Odessa DE 19730, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old St. Paul's Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Odessa (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Tatman Office (approx. 0.4 miles away); Old Drawyers Presbyterian Church (approx. ¾ mile away); Former Site of the Alston and Hunn Farms (approx. 1.6 miles away); Duncan Beard (approx. 1.6 miles away); Commodore Thomas Macdonough (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Odessa.
 
Appoquinimink Friends Meeting House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, May 31, 2021
3. Appoquinimink Friends Meeting House Marker
Meeting House sits back off the road in a grove of trees.
Appoquinimink Friends Meeting House image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, August 10, 2008
4. Appoquinimink Friends Meeting House
Rear view showing the size of the building.
Appoquinimink Friends Meeting Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, August 10, 2008
5. Appoquinimink Friends Meeting Cemetery
Interior of Appoquinimink Friends Meeting House image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, August 10, 2008
6. Interior of Appoquinimink Friends Meeting House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 15, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,602 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on June 2, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   2. submitted on August 15, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   3. submitted on June 2, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   4, 5, 6. submitted on August 15, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.

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