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Makemie Memorial Presbyterian Church

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Built  1888 (1888)
NRHP Reference #  08001044
Area  4,500 m²
Added to NRHP  10 November 2008
Architectural style  Gothic
Opened  1888
Phone  +1 410-632-1698
Architect  Isaac Pursell
Makemie Memorial Presbyterian Church
Nearest city  103 W Market Street, Snow Hill, Maryland
Address  115 Franklin St, Snow Hill, MD 21863, USA
Similar  All Hallows Episcopal Church, Rehobeth Presbyterian Church, Julia A Purnell Museum, Delmarva Peninsula, James Martin House

Makemie Memorial Presbyterian Church is a historic Presbyterian church located in Snow Hill, Worcester County, Maryland.

History

The church was established by immigrants from England, Scotland, and Ulster. Makemie Memorial is generally regarded as being the first church in America to issue a call to a pastor, although othrs say that the call was actually issued through an Anglican, William Stevens, and that Rev. Francis Makemie (1658 – 1708) actually first preached near Steven's home parish, Coventry Parish further south in Rehoboth and established Rehobeth Presbyterian Church before this community.

The original church building was a log structure located within a block of the Pocomoke River, which in 1683 was the main means of travel in the area given the vast wet-lands in Worcester County. The second structure was a frame building built on the current property on West Market Street, but it was built close to the center of the grave yard on the top of the little rise. That building burned and was replaced by a brick structure on the same spot. That building served for a number of years until it too was damaged by fire. In 1883, for the 200th anniversary of the organization of the church, it was resolved to build a Makemie Memorial Church in honor of Reverend Makemie.

The present building designed by noted Philadelphia architect Isaac Pursell. It was started in 1887 and dedicated on June 29, 1890. Two other churches with similar names were established around the same time in Accomac, Virginia near where Rev. Makemie spent his final years and died.

It is a Gothic Revival structure, built of red brick with red sandstone trim. There are five beautiful memorial windows in the sanctuary and the vaulted ceiling is supported by hand hewn, exposed wooded arches. It has two unequal tall towers. Maryland Senator Ephraim King Wilson II (1821 - 1891) is buried in the adjacent graveyard, as are former Governor John Walter Smith (1845-1925) and his wife.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.

References

Makemie Memorial Presbyterian Church Wikipedia


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