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Fairmount in Sussex County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Indian Mission United Methodist Church

 
 
Indian Mission United Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 13, 2010
1. Indian Mission United Methodist Church Marker
Inscription. In 1881 the Nanticoke Indian people constructed this church to provide a place to join for religious devotions. Known as “Johnson’s Chapel,” the church was affiliated with the Methodist Protestant denomination. On March 27, 1884, the land upon which the church had been built was conveyed by Jesse E. and Elizabeth Joseph to Trustees Samuel B. Norwood, Whittington Johnson, David P. Street, James H. Clark, Elisha Wright, William A. Johnson, and John W. Harmon.
The church was formally incorporated on May 23, 1915. In 1921 a new building was constructed and named Indian Mission M.P. Church. The Nanticoke people continue to hold their religious services here, and the church continues to provide cohesiveness for the Nanticoke to retain their Native heritage and culture.
The oldest marked grave is that of Ann Johnson, who died October 7, 1885. Indian Mission United Methodist Church was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on April 26, 1979.
 
Erected 2002 by The Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number SC-122.)
 
Location. 38° 40.386′ N, 75° 14.056′ W. Marker is in Fairmount, Delaware, in Sussex County. Marker is on Harbeson Road (Delaware
Indian Mission United Methodist Church and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 13, 2010
2. Indian Mission United Methodist Church and Marker
Route 5) near Hollymount Road (County Road 48), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Harbeson DE 19951, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Saint George's Chapel (approx. 1.2 miles away); St. Georges Chapel (approx. 1.2 miles away); Zoar Methodist Church (approx. 3.9 miles away); St. John's Methodist Church (approx. 4 miles away); Ancient Paths (approx. 4.4 miles away); Harmony United Methodist Church (approx. 4.7 miles away); Indian River Hundred (approx. 6.2 miles away); Broadkiln Hundred (approx. 6.3 miles away).
 
Regarding Indian Mission United Methodist Church. National Register of Historic Places:
Indian Mission Church ** (added 1979 - Building - #79003307)
Historic Significance: Event
Area of Significance: Native American •
Cultural Affiliation: Nanticoke Tribe •
Period of Significance: 1900-1924 •
 
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Indian Mission United Methodist Church image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 13, 2010
3. Indian Mission United Methodist Church
Indian Mission United Methodist Church and Marker, looking north along Harbeson Road (DE 5) image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 13, 2010
4. Indian Mission United Methodist Church and Marker, looking north along Harbeson Road (DE 5)
near the intersection with County Road 48 (Hollymount Road).
Headstone for Ann Johnson, as mentioned on marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 13, 2010
5. Headstone for Ann Johnson, as mentioned on marker
 
 
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