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

Christiana United Methodist Church

 
 
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By Bill Pfingsten, November 6, 2008
1. Christiana United Methodist Church Marker
Inscription.  The origin of this congregation may be traced to the earliest days of Methodism in America. In March, 1771, Joseph Pilmore, one of the first Methodist missionaries from England, preached outdoors at Christiana. Upon returning in 1773, Pilmore noted the enthusiastic response of local residents to the message and philosophy of church founder John Wesley. As a result of these early efforts, a "Society" of local Methodists was organized. Many of the first meetings were held in the homes of members.

In October 1807, a meeting of interested persons was held at the home of William Wright for the purposes of organizing themselves into a corporate body, and planning for the construction of "Salem Meeting House." In 1827, Christiana residents who had worshiped at Salem, bought a house from S. Johnson, which they dismantled and rebuilt on land purchased by them on the Christiana-Stanton Road. The first sermon was given by Rev. James Ayers in September of that year.

On July 9, 1857, the trustees of the Christiana Methodist Episcopal Church purchased land here from Abraham and Mary Cannon "in trust" that they "cause to be erected" a new place
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By Bill Pfingsten, November 6, 2008
2. Christiana United Methodist Church
of worship. The present church was constructed in that year at a cost of $4,000. Plans were prepared by Rev. James Hand. The building was dedicated by Bishop Levi Scott on January 28, 1858. Civil War casualties are among the oldest graves in the adjoining cemetery.
 
Erected 1997 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number NC-98.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches & ReligionColonial EraWar, US Civil.
 
Location. 39° 39.975′ N, 75° 39.709′ W. Marker is in Christiana, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is on W. Main Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 21 W Main St, Newark DE 19702, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Christiana Presbyterian Church (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Village of Christiana (approx. 0.2 miles away); Samuel Patterson (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Fort Union American Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Christiana Public School #111-C (approx. ¼ mile away); Talbot's Fort (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lafayette (approx.
Christiana United Methodist Church image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, November 6, 2008
3. Christiana United Methodist Church
0.3 miles away); Last Mustering of The Delaware Continentals (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Christiana.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 14, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,402 times since then and 54 times this year. Last updated on February 5, 2020, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 14, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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