Marker recognizes legacy, strength of Laws Chapel

FELTON — A new historical marker recognizes more than two centuries of enduring faith at a house of worship southeast of Felton.

The marker, the 120th to be erected in Kent County, commemorates the legacy of the Laws Chapel site at the intersection of Carpenter Bridge and Canterbury Roads.

The first church to be built at the location, a Methodist Episcopal chapel, was established on land donated by Joshua Laws in 1802. A new church was constructed in 1856.

It fell into disuse in the early 20th Century, eventually being sold to the Mennonites in 1953 who began services later the same year. The venue currently hosts Laws Mennonite Church.

The church was one of three Felton-area churches targeted Dec. 2, 2014 by arsonists, causing substantial damage to the building.

The facility was repaired and renovated with a dedication held just over a year later on Dec. 6, 2015.

“It’s amazing what has been done here and what can be accomplished when everyone is working together,” said State Rep. Bobby Outten, R-Harrington, speaking at the unveiling of the historical marker on the evening of September 14.

State Rep. Dave Wilson, R- Cedar Creek Hundred, said the chapel had been blessed as a place of enduring faith and hope.

“May this marker be a reminder of the journey Laws Chapel has traveled since 1802 and as … this congregation moves forward, a reminder that through God all things are possible,” he said.

State Sen. Gary Simpson, R-Milford, and the late Rep. Jack Peterman, R-Milford, split the $2,175 cost of the marker using their Community Transportation Fund allotments. Sen. Simpson said he was “ honored to be part of the celebration” and noted the chapel’s long tenure and bright future.

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