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Middletown Transcript
  • Christmas Candlelight Concert Dec. 8 at Old Union Church near Townsend

  • The Directors and Trustees of The Old Union Church Society invites the community to the 17th Annual Christmas Candlelight Concert on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. The church is located just south of Willey Farms near Townsend.
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  • The Directors and Trustees of The Old Union Church Society invites the community to the 17th Annual Christmas Candlelight Concert on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. This year's event will feature musical guests Immanuel Children's Choir, Marva Thomas, Centennial Choir, and Paul Donavon playing the acoustic guitar. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Maleia Rust.
    The church will be decorated for the season with natural greens and candlelight. Old Union Church is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. The original log church, known as Dickinson's Chapel, was completed in 1792. In 1847 the present brick church was built, facing east towards "The King's Highway," the original stagecoach road from New Castle to Dover. "The Kings Highway" was later replaced by DuPont Highway which runs behind the church and its historic cemetery. Due to the development of other churches in Townsend and Blackbird, regular attendants transferred their memberships and the church closed around 1900. Annual reunions have kept Old Union alive for the past 100-plus years.
    Old Union Church is located at the corner of Route 13 (DuPont Parkway) and Union Church Road near Townsend, just south of Willey Farms and just north of Blackbird.
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