Old Christ Church

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NHRP), this church is a fascinating finely preserved example of the region’s colonial past. Construction of what was known as the “Chapel of Ease” began in 1770, at which time the area was claimed by the colony of Maryland until 1775. At the west end is the slaves’ gallery, reached by a stairwell in the northwest corner. The church is a striking example of eighteenth-century native workmanship using wood, the prevalent and only available building material of the region. The Old Christ Church is among a dozen churches on the Atlantic coast built before the revolutionary war that were never painted, plumbed, and had no electricity. Governor Nathaniel Mitchell, Delaware governor from 1805-1808, is buried here.