Christ Episcopal Church - 1848 - Delaware City, DE
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N 39° 34.514 W 075° 35.555
18S E 449105 N 4380781
An Episcopal church in downtown Delaware City, Delaware.
Waymark Code: WM14NC5
Location: Delaware, United States
Date Posted: 07/31/2021
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The plaque says, "In 1847, the Reverend Andrew F. Freeman and the Reverend Thomas F. Billop were appointed as a committee to organize and solicit subscriptions for a Protestant Episcopal church in Delaware City. The parish was formally organized on May 28, 1848, when Bishop Alfred Lee officiated for the first time to a numerous congregation assembled in the Methodist Church. The church was officially admitted into full union at the following Diocesan Convention. A house of worship was provided by the commissioners of Public School District #76, who authorized the use of the church house.

On February 16, 1849, the congregation purchased this property from John Ashhurst. Construction of the church was commenced in April of that year. On February 22, 1851, the first worship service was held. The church was formally consecrated by Bishop Lee on December 13, 1857. Parish tradition contends that the design for the building was based upon that of the Church of the Redeemer for Seamen, an ornate floating edifice which served the needs of port of Philadelphia sailors from 1849 to 1853.

The building of a Rectory was authorized on February 7, 1870. The structure was completed the following November. Construction of the Parish Hall was completed in 1895. The building was occupied and dedicated at a service of benediction conducted by Bishop Leighton Coleman on June 23 of that year. Following the completion of much-needed renovations and repairs, Christ Church was formally reopened on October 31, 1920."
Year built or dedicated as indicated on the structure or plaque: 1848

Full Inscription (unless noted above):
Christ Church Episcopal Sunday Service 10:15 A.M. 1848

Website (if available): Not listed

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