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Appoquinimink Friends Meeting House

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c. 1785. Main St., west of U.S. 13
  • Appoquinimink Friends Meeting House (W. Barksdale Maynard)

David Wilson Sr. built this toylike gable-fronted brick structure—one of the smallest public places of worship in the nation, just 20 × 20 feet in area—and donated it to the Quaker congregation. Many Corbits and Wilsons are buried in the graveyard. Supposedly, the building served as a stop on the Underground Railroad, with slaves hiding in the loft. The congregation turned Hicksite (after followers of Elias Hicks, who separated from the main body of the Society of Friends) in 1828. By the time the place closed c. 1880, there were only two members remaining. H. Rodney Sharp and Rosanna Evans restored it c. 1938, and public worship resumed in 1946. Next door stands the Gothic Revival Zoar Methodist Church (1881).

Writing Credits

W. Barksdale Maynard


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W. Barksdale Maynard, "Appoquinimink Friends Meeting House", [Odessa, 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, 214-215.

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