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

Old Drawyers Presbyterian Church

 
 
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By William Pfingsten, August 17, 2008
1. Old Drawyers Presbyterian Church Marker
Inscription.  The history of this congregation may be traced to the 1670s, when Dutch and Swedish members of the "Reformed Church" were gathering locally for worship. By the first decade of the 18th century the settlement of persons largely of Scottish descent resulted in the formal establishment of a congregation in the area then known as Appoquinimy. The first known church, a wooden structure, was erected nearby on land that was purchased in 1711. A subscription to erect a new church was circulated in 1769. Services were being held in the present house of worship by 1773. One of the members of the committee to collect subscriptions for the building was Thomas McKean, signer of the Declaration of Independence. Regular services were discontinued following the congregation's move to a new church in Odessa in 1861. In 1895, the Friends of Old Drawyers was organized to preserve the church and grounds. Many prominent colonial and state leaders are interred in the adjoining Old Drawyers cemetery.
 
Erected 2006 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number NC-153.)
 
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By William Pfingsten, August 17, 2008
2. Old Drawyers Presbyterian Church
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in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches & ReligionColonial EraSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Delaware Public Archives series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1711.
 
Location. 39° 28.008′ N, 75° 39.271′ W. Marker is near Odessa, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker can be reached from US 13 one mile north of High Street, on the right when traveling south. Marker is in the cemetery and cannot be seen from the road. 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 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Odessa (approx. half a mile away); Old St. Paul's Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); Appoquinimink Friends Meeting House (approx. ¾ mile away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Tatman Office (approx. 0.8 miles away); Commodore Thomas Macdonough (approx. 1.7 miles away); McDonough Burial Ground (approx. 1.8 miles away); Duncan Beard (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Odessa.
 
Old Drawyers Presbyterian Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, August 17, 2008
3. Old Drawyers Presbyterian Cemetery
Old Drawyers Presbyterian Church and cemetery image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, August 17, 2008
4. Old Drawyers Presbyterian Church and cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 9, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 20, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,998 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 20, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.

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