Old First Presbyterian Church (Wilmington, Delaware)

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Old First Presbyterian Church of Wilmington
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Old First Presbyterian Church of Wilmington, January 2010
Old First Presbyterian Church (Wilmington, Delaware) is located in Delaware
Old First Presbyterian Church (Wilmington, Delaware)
Location West St. on Brandywine Park Dr., Wilmington, Delaware
Coordinates 39°45′2″N 75°32′51″W / 39.75056°N 75.54750°W / 39.75056; -75.54750Coordinates: 39°45′2″N 75°32′51″W / 39.75056°N 75.54750°W / 39.75056; -75.54750
Area 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1740
Governing body The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America
NRHP Reference # 72000295[1]
Added to NRHP April 13, 1972

Old First Presbyterian Church of Wilmington is a historic Presbyterian church located on West Street on Brandywine Park Drive in Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware.

Built in 1740, the one-story brick structure measures 30 feet by 40 feet and has a gambrel roof. Originally located on the east side of Wilmington's Market Street between 9th and 10th Streets, the building was used during the American Revolution by British troops as a prison and hospital during the occupation of Wilmington after the Battle of Brandywine, September 12, 1777. It remained a house of worship until 1840.[2] A cemetery on the site was the final resting place of many noted Wilmingtonians.[3]

It was moved to its present site in 1916.

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.[1] The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America restored the interior to its original condition in 1981. It is open as a local history museum.

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