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 Posts & Pages Tagged With: "Historical Markers"

Old Seaford Post Office

SC-155: originally installed in 2002. A post office was established in this community in 1827. For many years it did a large shipping business by water. The coming of the railroad in the 1850s resulted in an even greater demand for postal services. For more than a century the post office was housed in a […]

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John G. Townsend Jr.

SC-154: originally installed in 2002. Constructed in 1904, this was once the residence of John G. Townsend, Jr. (1871-1964), agricultural pioneer and statesman. His long and distinguished public career included service as Governor of Delaware (1917-21), United States Senator (1929-1941), and member of the delegation to the first session of the United Nations General Assembly […]

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Goshen United Methodist Church

SC-152: originally installed in 2001. A local society of Methodists was organized and meeting in this community by the 1790s. The first meetings were held in the homes of its members. On July 7, 1801, the group initiated the subscription of funds to establish a permanent place of worship. The effort was successful, and in […]

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Cokesbury Church

SC-151: originally installed in 2001. A Methodist meeting house was erected nearby circa 1803. In December of that year, the lot on which the building stood was conveyed to trustees on the condition that they finish and maintain the structure as a church and school. The building was named Cokesbury Chapel to honor Methodist Episcopal […]

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Indian River Life Saving Station

SC-148: originally installed in 2001. With the expansion of the nation’s maritime commerce following the Civil War, the need for improved methods of assisting ships in distress was apparent. Built in 1876 by the United States Life-Saving Service, the Indian River Life-Saving Station was part of a network of similar facilities which were constructed along […]

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Shipbuilding on the Broadkill

SC-143: originally installed in 2001. Like the Native Americans before them, the European settlers of the 17th and 18th centuries utilized the Broadkill River as a means of transportation. Clearing of lands resulted in an abundance of grain and wood products. To transport these products to market, local craftsmen fashioned small vessels from the timbers […]

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Kings United Methodist Church

SC-134: originally installed in 2000. The origin of this congregation can be traced to the formation of a local society of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1842. Known as the Oak Grove Society, the group held its first meetings in an old dwelling that was located approximately one-half mile south of here. Soon desiring a […]

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Georgetown Presbyterian Church

SC-133: originally installed in 2002. In 1859 a petition was submitted to the Lewes Presbytery requesting the creation of a Presbyterian Church in Georgetown. The congregation was organized the following year. Meetings were first held in the Sussex County Courthouse. The church was incorporated in 1871, and the present site was obtained for the construction […]

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St. Georges Chapel

SC-132A: originally installed in 1999. During the 17th and early 18th centuries, a great number of settlers came to this area from the lower Eastern Shore counties of Maryland and Virginia. They brought many elements of their culture including an affiliation with the Church of England. In response to the growing needs of this community, […]

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Providence Methodist Church

SC-130: originally installed in 2004. In 1865 the Maryland Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church established a “mission” or charge circuit in Sussex County. At the time local members of that faith were meeting nearby in Rogers School. Services were held in the schoolhouse until 1886 when the present church was built on land that […]

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