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St. Peter's Episcopal Church

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1827–1829. 1859 enlarged. 1885 alterations. 1901–1902 alterations, Charles M. Burns. 22 N. Union St.

The present church supplanted a brick edifice of 1744 at Duck Creek Village, which was demolished in 1827. The new lot was provided by the Cummins family, memorialized by the altar window. Eben Cloak built the brick structure, which was enlarged in 1859 into a cruciform plan. A chapel was added later. The tower, with octagonal wooden spire rising from a square base, was in place by the time of the lithograph (1885) of Smyrna. A new chancel window came in 1885 and a vaulted arched ceiling in 1902; the latter was designed by a Philadelphia church architect and subsequently replaced in oak. North of the building stands Fisler Memorial Chapel (1872), originally a Sunday school and one of the state's best examples of board-and-batten Gothic Revival.

Writing Credits

W. Barksdale Maynard


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W. Barksdale Maynard, "St. Peter's Episcopal Church", [Smyrna, 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, 227-228.

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