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“Grace Methodist Church (M.P.) at Milton. The Rev. Thomas A. Moore, a supernumerary of the Maryland M. P. Conference, was visiting his friend Joseph Betts, a tailor, in Milton. Coming in contact with numerous friends of the Conference, Mr. Moore conceived the idea that an M. P. Church should be built there. The first meetings were held in the M. E. Church. On Oct. 22, 1857, Wm. A. Hazzard conveyed to a board of trustees a lot of land upon which a church building was started immediately.

On Sept. 23, 1880, they purchased a house and lot on Broad St., from Mary I. Smithers. The church was incorporated on Apr. 1, 1897. Additional land was purchased on June 12, 1903, from Elizabeth A. Conwell. In the meantime the church had been enlarged and improved. A service of dedication was held in the spring of 1906. Land was donated to the church on Nov. 20, 1911, by James C. Palmer. The parsonage was purchased, on July 5, 1915, from Annie L. Culver. Land adjacent to the church was purchased, on Oct. 2, 1925, from Josiah Brittingham. In 1940, the name “Grace” was adopted. The social hall, beside the church, was enlarged by using the lumber salvaged from Weigand’s Chapel when it was torn down, in 1940.

Over the entrance to the church there is a stained glass window which contains the emblem of the Jr. O. U. A. M. This window was presented by Enterprise Council of the Jr. O. U. A. M.” (1)


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1. Frank R. Zebley, The Churches of Delaware, Wilmington, Delaware, 1947, p. 272.

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