Old Swedes Churchyard Walking Tour
He was born in Sweden in 1658 and educated in London. On his way home from his duties in the Swedish Legation one evening in 1678, he was kidnapped and shipped to Virginia to serve five years as an indentured servant. Springer learned of the Swedish colony on the Christina. After gaining his freedom he walked 400 miles to live among them.
In absence of clergy and as the most literate among the congregation, he read the Psalms, published sermons and prayers. He petitioned the King of Sweden for priests and books, which were finally provided in 1697. He served as the Warden, Vestryman and Councilor from the church's founding until his death in 1738.
Under the east wall of the south portico is the grave of Old Swedes' "patron saint," Charles Christopher Springer.
Erected by The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America of the State of Delaware. (Marker Number 10.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites •
Location. 39° 44.301′ N, 75° 32.43′ W. Marker is in Wilmington, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of North Church Street (U.S. 13) and East 7th Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 612 N Church St, Wilmington DE 19801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Graffiti Doors (a few steps from this marker); Christiern and Maria Brynberg (a few steps from this marker); In Memory of John Hendrickson, Sr. (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Charles Springer (a few steps from this marker); Judge Ignatius C. Grubb (a few steps from this marker); "K. C." and "B. C." Stones (a few steps from this marker); Bayard Plot (a few steps from this marker); Garesche, Bauduy, Deschappelle Families (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilmington.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 7, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 29 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 7, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.