Old Swedes Churchyard Walking Tour
By 1763, the foundation proved inadequate and the heavy roof began o force the thick walls apart. To counter this development, two large stone buttresses were built. In 1774, the gallery was built to add 25 new pews. The stairs were placed outside in order to save room within the church. At that time the south doors were still used as the main entrance into the church. Later the buttresses were joined with the brick arch and the roof to form what is now called the South Portico. (Notice the different stone and brick patterns in the photo.)
In Pastor Björk's words, "the first foundation stone was laid with my assistance on the 28th of May, 1698, a Saturday, on the north corner of the east gable…The foundation was laid all around…except a piece on the south wall, and for here and there a grave-and some stumps."
Erected by The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America of the State of Delaware. (Marker Number 14.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion
Location. 39° 44.287′ N, 75° 32.421′ 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. Garesche, Bauduy, Deschappelle Families (a few steps from this marker); Mary Vining (a few steps from this marker); Major Peter Jaquett (a few steps from this marker); Christiern and Maria Brynberg (a few steps from this marker); Graffiti Doors (a few steps from this marker); Charles Springer (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Major Peter Jaquett (within shouting distance of this marker); Bayard Plot (within shouting distance of 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 51 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 7, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.