THE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (1740)
Corner of S. Park and West Street
Wilmington, DE 19802

First Presbyterian ChurchOpen: April through October, second Sunday of the month,
2:00 to 4::00 p.m. Sunday: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. or by application to the President of NSCDA in Delaware.
Directions: From I-95, take Delaware Avenue Exit, follow to West Street to Park Drive.

The little gambrel-roofed, brick structure was the first Presbyterian church built in Wilmington. It was completed in 1740, and that date is outlined in glazed brick on the north wall of the building.

After the Battle of the Brandywine (1777), when the British occupied Wilmington, the church was used as a hospital for wounded American soldiers.

In 1838, several churches combined with the First Church, and the congregation became too big for the little building. It was used as a school for forty years, then the Historical Society of Delaware used it as a library and museum from 1878 to 1917.

In an attempt to save the historic building, The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Delaware and the Sons of Colonial Wars moved it brick by brick to its present location. The interior was restored to its original condition in 1981. The high, coved ceiling, presentor's box, the pulpit, and sounding board are all reproductions of the original 1740 interior.

The church is owned and maintained by The NSCDA in the State of Delaware.

 

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Erik Kvalsvik