Immanuel Episcopal Church, New Castle

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Immanuel on the Green is an historic church in New Castle, Delaware, listed as a contributing property in the New Castle Historic District. The church is situated near the center of New Castle at the northeast end of the Green, or town common, making it a prominent local landmark and tourist attraction. Operating continuously since 1689, it is the oldest Anglican parish in Delaware and the oldest continuously operating Anglican/Episcopal parish in the country. The church building was constructed between 1703 and 1708 and enlarged in 1822. The interior and roof were rebuilt following a disastrous fire in 1980.
Immanuel Church was founded in 1689 as the first Anglican parish in the present-day state of Delaware, which at the time was still part of Pennsylvania. The first rector was the Rev. George Ross, who served from 1705 to 1708 and then from 1714 to 1754. The church itself was constructed between 1703 and 1708, with the first services taking place there even before the building was completed.
The church gradually fell into disrepair after the American Revolution. In 1820, Philadelphia architect William Strickland undertook a major renovation and expansion of the building which included a new transept, bell tower, steeple, roof, and interior. The interior was remodeled in the 1850s in the Victorian style, and again around 1900 in the Colonial Revival style.
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  • I arrived early on a Sunday and had to wait for the town to open to visitors so the congregation was kind enough to let me attend mass. The church yard contains the resting place of George Read, signe...  more »
  • We received a map of the cemetery at the visitor's center. Interesting to walk around and read the markers dating back to early 1700s.  more »
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  • I can't provide much information because I never went inside the church itself just reviewing from the outside
  • Beautiful buildings and grounds. Lots of history. This is the oldest Episcopal church in continuous use in the U.S. Some Episcopal churches are older but shut down during the American Revolution.

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