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Immanuel Episcopal Church, New Castle

#3 of 7 in Historic Sites in New Castle
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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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  • Immanuel Episcopal is a page out of time carrying more than 300 years of history on its grounds. The cobblestone streets outside set the mood for the treasures of the ancient graves within the walls.....  more »
  • The church was closed for renovations, but the graveyard was fantastic. There is a lot of history buried here and worth exploring.  more »
  • I worked there as construction personnel. it is a historical church. if you are into architecture its a cool place to check out.
  • Haven't been there for services but beautiful to visit

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