Delaware January 05, 2019
One Of The Oldest Chapels In America Is Here In Delaware And You’ll Want To Step Inside
Delaware was one of the first places in America to be colonized, and as such, there’s a lot of history here. Some of the oldest American buildings are right here in the First State, waiting for you to explore.
Did you know that one of the oldest chapels in America is located in the small town of Frederica, Delaware?
Barratt's Chapel was built in 1780 on land donated by Delawarean Philip Barratt, to help promote the Methodist movement in Delaware.
After the Revolutionary War, most Methodist ministers fled to England, and Francis Asbury became the leader of American Methodists.
In 1784, the founder of Methodism John Wesley sent an ambassador, Thomas Coke, to discuss with Asbury the future of American Methodism. They met at Barratt's Chapel, where Coke preached to the congregation.
Today, there's a star on the floor of the chapel that marks the spot Asbury and Coke first met. During this service, the first Methodist baptism and communion were delivered on American soil by ordained Methodist clergy, and soon after, the Methodist Episcopal Church was formed.
The outside of the Chapel is still nearly identical to how it was first built, and the interior dates back to 1842. It's open for tours, and is truly one of America's finest chapels.
The historic graveyard is the final resting spot of many fine Delawareans, and it is well maintained by the Chapel and historic society.
Learn more about Barratt’s Chapel and Museum visiting hours
on their website, here.
Delaware is full of historic churches, and after visiting Barratt’s Chapel, check out more of them!
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