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Salisbury in Wicomico County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

St. Peter's Church

St. Peter's Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By F. Robby, November 3, 2007
1. St. Peter's Church Marker
Inscription.  The present St. Peter's Church is the third building to stand on this site.

St. Peter's Church was built as a chapel on a a two-acre site. It was completed in 1772, at a cost of 600 English pounds, and measured 45 feet by 65 feet. Many knew it then as "Head of River Chapel" or "Salisbury Chapel".

By 1789, St. Peter's had fallen into disrepair. To rebuild it, some of the property was sold, which now corresponds with today's downtown Salisbury. The rebuilt church and much of Salisbury was destroyed by fire in 1860.

The second St. Peter's Church was erected in 1862. A rose window was added, along with other touches of the Romanesque style. Its deep-toned bell sounded the town's fire alarm.

On Sunday, October 17, 1886, as the bell was calling the evening service, fire broke out in a livery stable in Salisbury. The church and most of Salisbury was again destroyed by fire.

The third and preset St. Peter's was completed in 1887, and celebrated its first service, the Holy Eucharist, at 6AM on Christmas Day, 1887.

A triptych stands above the alter. Our Lord is in the center panel, with
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St. Mary and St. John standing in reverence and adoration at his side. St. Peter and St. Paul are the side panels, with Moses and the apostles at the base.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionColonial Era. A significant historical date for this entry is October 17, 1726.
Location. 38° 21.963′ N, 75° 36.093′ W. Marker is in Salisbury, Maryland, in Wicomico County. Marker is at the intersection of Church Street and St. Peter's Street, on the left when traveling west on Church Street. Marker is attached to the church building. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Salisbury MD 21801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Byrd Tavern (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wye Oak Seedling (about 300 feet away); The Great Salisbury Fire (about 400 feet away); The General Humphreys Cannon (about 400 feet away); Lynching in America / Lynching in Wicomico County (about 400 feet away); F. Leonard Wailes Law Office (about 500 feet away); Newtown Historic District (about 800 feet away); Wicomico Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salisbury.
St. Peter's Church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By F. Robby, November 3, 2007
2. St. Peter's Church
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 30, 2007, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,210 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 30, 2007, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.

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Dec. 2, 2023