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Slaughter Neck United Methodist Church

 
 
Slaughter Neck United Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, November 12, 2010
1. Slaughter Neck United Methodist Church Marker
Inscription.  The history of this congregation can be traced to the early days of Methodism in this country. In 1777 a group of area residents gathered at the home of a “Mr. Shockely” to organize a local Methodist “Society.” While visiting in July 1779, Methodist pioneer Francis Asbury noted the rapid growth of the congregation and the enthusiasm of its members. For many years meetings were held outdoors and in private residencies. On July 26, 1810, members gathered to elect trustees and organize themselves into a corporate body. The following October the trustees received a deed from local preacher William Hickman for land on which “Hickman’s Meeting House” or “Zion” had been built.

In 1885 the congregation of “Zion Methodist Episcopal Church” purchased a one acre parcel adjoining the old church lot from Lemuel Draper, upon which a new church was built the following year. The building was enlarged and extensively renovated in 1888. It is believed that the stained glass windows in the present church were obtained at that time. The name of the church was changed to better reflect the community

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By Beverly Pfingsten, November 12, 2010
2. Slaughter Neck United Methodist Church
which it served. In 1928 concerns about the condition of the structure prompted members to undertake the construction of the present church. A service commemorating the laying of the cornerstone was held on November 24, 1929.

This marker was dedicated in memory of Doris Argo, Church Historian and Life Member of Slaughter Neck United Methodist Church - Homecoming 1997.
 
Erected 1997 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number SC-115.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches & Religion. In addition, it is included in the Delaware Public Archives, and the Francis Asbury, Traveling Methodist Preacher series lists.
 
Location. 38° 52.137′ N, 75° 20.397′ W. Marker is in Milford, Delaware, in Sussex County. Marker is on Church Road just from Argos Corner Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Milford DE 19963, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cedar Creek Hundred (approx. 3.4 miles away); The Memorial Vol. Fire Co. (approx. 3.6 miles away); Fort Saulsbury (approx. 4.6 miles away); Absalom Jones (approx. 4.7 miles away); The Vinyard Shipbuilding Company (approx. 5.4 miles

Slaughter Neck United Methodist Church Cornerstone image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, November 12, 2010
3. Slaughter Neck United Methodist Church Cornerstone
away); Old Calvary Church, Franklin St. (approx. 5½ miles away); Nixon Palace Theater, N. Walnut St. (approx. 5½ miles away); Old Red Mill & L.D. Caulk Mfg. Plant (approx. 5½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Milford.
 
Slaughter Neck United Methodist Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, November 12, 2010
4. Slaughter Neck United Methodist Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 13, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 1, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 595 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 1, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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