Site of Dover's First Methodist Church

Site of Dover's First Methodist Church (HMQ5A)

Location: Dover, DE 19904 Kent County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 9.371', W 75° 31.748'

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In 1778, a Methodist Society was organized in Dover by Reverend Freeborn Garrettson. Desiring a permanent place of worship, members acquired a one-half acre lot at this location from Vincent Loockerman in 1782. Future Delaware Governor Richard Bassett contributed toward the construction of a forty foot square structure, which was named Wesley Chapel. Bishop Francis Asbury preached the first sermon here in 1784. The building was used until 1850, when a larger Wesley Methodist Episcopal Church was constructed on State Street. Notable burials include those of Bishop Richard Whatcoat, Delaware Governors Cornelius P. Comegys and Gove Saulsbury, and Representative Nathaniel B. Smithers.
HM NumberHMQ5A
Marker NumberK-70
Year Placed2001
Placed ByDelaware Public Archives
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 8:43am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 454282 N 4334241
Decimal Degrees39.15618333, -75.52913333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 9.371', W 75° 31.748'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 9' 22.26" N, 75° 31' 44.88" W
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Area Code(s)302
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 250-298 S Queen St, Dover DE 19904, US
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