Wesley United Methodist Church

Wesley United Methodist Church (HMQ66)

Location: Dover, DE 19901 Kent County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 9.461', W 75° 31.448'

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The origin of this congregation can be traced to the establishment of a Methodist society in Dover in 1778. Land on North Street was obtained in 1782, and a brick chapel was completed there in 1784. Bishops Francis Asbury and Richard Whatcoat, pioneers of American Methodism, often conducted services there. Needing more space, the present site was purchased for a new church. The cornerstone was laid on September 23, 1850, and the building was dedicated the following February. To accommodate further growth, the church was enlarged in 1870 and 1884. A major rebuilding project in 1897 included the addition of stained glass windows, organ pipes, and a lofty beamed ceiling, giving the church a cathedral like appearance. Another addition was built in 1924. In 1950, Grace Fellowship Hall was added, St. Paul's Chapel was created, and a major redesign of the sanctuary took place. The former Post Office Building to the east became the Education Center in 1967.
HM NumberHMQ66
Marker NumberKC-79
Year Placed2003
Placed ByDelaware Public Archives
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 6:14am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 454715 N 4334405
Decimal Degrees39.15768333, -75.52413333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 9.461', W 75° 31.448'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 9' 27.66" N, 75° 31' 26.88" W
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Area Code(s)302
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 223 S State St, Dover DE 19901, US
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