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Centenary United Methodist Church

 
 
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By F. Robby, December 8, 2007
1. Centenary United Methodist Church Marker
Inscription.  In 1801 there was a great revival of religion amoung the residents of the area. The growing appeal of the Methodist movement resulted in hundreds of new members for the church. A class was formed in the Laurel area, and in 1802 a church was constructed at this location. The church was formally incorporated as "Zion Meeting House" in 1809. After several decades of use, a new church was built on the site. It continued to serve the congregation until 1866, when a third church was constructed in its place. With the celebration of the centennial of Methodism approaching, the church was renamed "Centenary." Desiring a larger and more modern facility for its growing congregation, members began construction of the present church in 1911. The building was formally dedicated on September 22, 1912. Church facilities were further expanded with the completion of an adjoining Education Building 1952.
 
Erected 2002 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number SC-160.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion.
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By F. Robby, December 8, 2007
2. Centenary UMC
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In addition, it is included in the Delaware Public Archives series list. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1910.
 
Location. 38° 33.412′ N, 75° 34.342′ W. Marker is in Laurel, Delaware, in Sussex County. Marker is at the intersection of Market Street (Delaware Route 24) and Poplar Street, on the left when traveling west on Market Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Laurel DE 19956, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Veterans Memorial Fountain (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Memorial Tree (about 500 feet away); 403 South Central Avenue (about 700 feet away); 502 South Central Avenue (about 700 feet away); Christ United Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Wading Place (approx. 0.2 miles away); 505 South Central Avenue (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dr. Farlow House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Laurel.
 
World War II Stone image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, December 8, 2007
3. World War II Stone
Stone beside the church reads, "Dedicated to the men and women of Centenary Methodist Church who devotedly served their country in World War II."
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 30, 2007, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,366 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on September 27, 2008, by Philip Lohrenz of Staten Island, New York. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 30, 2007, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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