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

Market Square

Local Trade

 
 
Market Square Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, August 17, 2008
1. Market Square Marker
Inscription. Left Panel Sacred Spaces in Secular Places
Two congregations formed in Port Penn. Members of the Presbyterian Church were primarily of European descent and dominated the local economy and society. The congregation of St. David's Methodist Church was predominately African-American. Today, each church welcomes worshippers of all races. At times, the same pastor ministers to both churches.
Center Diagram and Caption The map of Port Penn dated January 13, 1792, shows Market Square (highlighted here in red) at the corner of Market and Stewart Streets. This is now the site of the Presbyterian Church. Photo courtesy of the Historical Society of Delaware.
Right Panel The Presbyterian Church, on the opposite corner across the intersection, now occupies the site originally intended as Port Penn's market square. Dr. David Stewart, Sr., believed to be the founder of Port Penn, envisioned a central market similar to those of other cities and towns. Al the economy shifted away from the village center, economic activity moved to the wharf near the Cleaver House. By the mid-19th century the town square was abandoned and became the site of the Presbyterian Church.
 
Erected by The Village of Port Penn.
 
Location. 39° 31.029′ 
Presbyterian Church image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, August 17, 2008
2. Presbyterian Church
N, 75° 34.661′ W. Marker is in Port Penn, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is at the intersection of Market Street and Stewart St., on the right when traveling west on Market Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Port Penn DE 19731, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Stewart House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Cleaver House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Hubbs House (about 400 feet away); The Cannery Lot (about 500 feet away); Port Penn Schoolhouse (about 500 feet away); Floating Cabins and Skinning Shacks (about 600 feet away); Wetland Ways (about 700 feet away); Port Penn Front Range Light (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Penn.
 
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St. David's Methodist Chruch image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, August 17, 2008
3. St. David's Methodist Chruch
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 17, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,196 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 17, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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