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Union Wesley United Methodist Church and Campground

 
 
Union Wesley United Methodist Church and Campground Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 14, 2010
1. Union Wesley United Methodist Church and Campground Marker
Inscription. The roots of African-American Methodism in this area can be traced to the late 18th century when Methodism pioneers such as Francis Asbury and Freeborn Garrettson traveled locally organizing black “classes” for worship. Over time some groups chose to leave the mother church, while others such as this congregation remained affiliated with the Methodist Episcopal faith. By the mid-1800ís members of Union Wesley were gathering regularly for services. Many of the early meetings were conducted in the open air nearby.
On December 18, 1873, the trustees of Union Wesley purchased the lot where the first church was built. Standing in the area where the cemetery is located, the building served the needs of the congregation until it was destroyed by fire in 1957. The present church was erected here on the former site of the District #207-C Blackwater School. The land had been obtained in 1951 following the destruction of the school by fire. The new church was completed in 1961.
Prior to the placement of permanent structures on the Wesley Campground, persons attending services used covered wagons for shelter. The wagons were placed in a circle surrounding a pulpit. By the 1930ís wooden boarding “tents” had replaced the wagons, and a confectionery and bower had been constructed. One building that was adapted for
Union Wesley United Methodist Church and Campground Marker seen from Powell Farm Road image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 14, 2010
2. Union Wesley United Methodist Church and Campground Marker seen from Powell Farm Road
use was the old #207-C Schoolhouse. Constructed in the late 19th century, the structure was used as a school until 1922, when it was replaced by the building that stood on this site. This was the last camp in Delaware to use wooden firestands for lighting purposes. Their use was discontinued in 1943 when electricity was brought to the grounds. Wesley Campground is believed to be one of the oldest of its type in continuous use.
 
Erected 1998 by The Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number SC-119.)
 
Location. 38° 32.705′ N, 75° 8.833′ W. Marker is in Clarksville, Delaware, in Sussex County. Marker is on Powell Farm Road (County Road 365), on the left. Touch for map. Located East side of Road 365, approximately .5 miles south of the intersection of DE Route 26 and County Road 365, Clarksville. Marker is in this post office area: Frankford DE 19945, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. George's United Methodist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Blackwater Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.8 miles away); U.S. Army Radar Site 11 (approx. 2.5 miles away); Our Community's Role in World War II (first marker)
Union Wesley United Methodist Church and Campground and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 14, 2010
3. Union Wesley United Methodist Church and Campground and Marker
(approx. 2.5 miles away); Our Community's Role in World War II (second marker) (approx. 2.5 miles away); Our Community's Role in World War II (third marker) (approx. 2.5 miles away); Marinerís Bethel United Methodist Church (approx. 3 miles away); Baltimore Hundred (approx. 3.1 miles away).
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 12, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 735 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 12, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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