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Cool Spring Presbyterian Church

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1854. Road 247, southwest of Lewes, Cool Spring
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)
  • Cool Spring Presbyterian Church (W. Barksdale Maynard)

The cemetery here originated with a 4.5-acre grant by Pennsylvania Governor Thomas Penn to Reverend James Martin in 1737 and served a church already standing at that time. In its restrained, geometric simplicity, the current shingled frame sanctuary represents the unpretentious Greek Revival popular for religious structures downstate. A pedimented front gable stands above a small Doric porch. Three big windows along each side light the interior, which is distinguished by unusual, shallow-V-shaped pews and a gallery, a feature scarce today in the county. Early kerosene lamps were later converted to electricity.

Writing Credits

W. Barksdale Maynard


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W. Barksdale Maynard, "Cool Spring Presbyterian Church", [Lewes, Delaware], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Delaware

Buildings of Delaware, W. Barksdale Maynard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2008, 265-265.

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