Church to present history program
CHESTERTOWN — Emmanuel Church Chester Parish is celebrating its sestercentennial, marking 250 years since the formation of Chester parish and the laying of the cornerstone for its present church building, throughout 2016 and 2017. Ron Abler will speak about the church for a History Happy Hour program at the Bordley History Center in Chestertown at 4 p.m. Friday, May 6.
From the beginning of the 18th century to the present, Emmanuel Church and Chestertown have shared a common history. Soon after the founding of Chestertown in 1706, a wooden chapel was built in town for Anglican worship. In 1720, after that wooden structure burned down, a brick chapel was built to replace it. In 1767, a third structure was erected, two stories tall, on a stone foundation reusing bricks from the earlier chapel.