From the Maryland Historical Trust:
St. Peter's M. E. Church
Located on the roadside between Dunnock's crossroads and the Fishing Creek bridge is St. Peter's Methodist Episcopal Church, an ell-shaped frame chapel erected in 1923 for this Meekins Neck congregation. The well-built weatherboard frame structure was infused with finely detailed decoration in the gable-front porch to the subtle refinement in the six-over-six sash that have segmental arched window heads. Fixed atop the rectangular main block is a finely detailed tower with woodwork decoration in the form of a classical pediment in pilasters that embellish each face of the octagonal shaft.
While the exterior finish details point to neoclassical influences, the overall shape of St. Peter's is tied to the plans developed and promoted by the national Methodist Episcopal churchduringthelatenineteenthcentury. Thesidewingtotherectangularsanctuaryis labeled a "Lecture Room" or "Classroom" where the space could be utilized for additional congregation seating or used as a separate instructional space.
A Methodist church on Meekins Neck has functioned since the mid nineteenth century, although it has been known by different names with various buildings on
different sites. Regional church records document a Methodist Episcopal church known as Asbury on the Meekins Neck portion of Hooper's Island during the third quarter of the nineteenth century, and the 1877 atlas map documents that a church stood on the west side of the county road south of Dunnock's crossroads. The St. Peter's M. E. congregation surfaces during the early twentieth century with the acquisition of several small parcels on the east side of the road from Charles Mills, et al. A land transfer in 1915 is a joint transaction between members of the Mills family and the trustees of St. Peter's and Zion Methodist congregations.
GPS Coordinates: 38.37986, -76.25048
- Added: 21 Jan 2017
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2632977
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