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“Old Trinity Church: What Colonial Church Architecture Can Tell Us About the Faith that Founded a Nation” Speaker Rev. Dan Dunlap.

In terms of American architecture, historians use the term “colonial” in two ways: (1) any building constructed before the American Revolution, and

(2) transplanting one’s culture into a new geographical setting. This second definition often assumes that early settlers from Europe simply brought their old-world architectural ideas with them when they arrived on these shores. But does this hold true for the churches they built? Soon to celebrate its 350th anniversary, Old Trinity Church in Dorchester County, Maryland, near the village of Church Creek, is one of the oldest church buildings still used for regular worship in the nation. Perfectly restored in the 1950s, this colonial church opens a unique window into the religious context of Maryland’s earliest settlers, while also making it an interesting case study to better understand the faith that founded a nation.

Before becoming Rector of Old Trinity Church, Rev. Dunlap served parishes in Philadelphia, PA; Exeter, UK; and Tomball; TX. He received his doctorate in historical theology from Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, in 2001, and has taught at various seminaries and colleges. Before coming to Dorchester County, he served as Professor of Historical Theology & Worship at Houston Graduate School of Theology for ten years and as Dean of the Faculty for five years. Lately he has enjoyed teaching for the Institute of Adult Learning at Chesapeake College (Cambridge Center) in the areas of Science & Religion and Christian History.

The South Dorchester Folk Museum (SDFM), in cooperation with the Dorchester County Historical Society, presents this FREE program in its lecture series about local history. For more information about the SDFM, visit our website,, or call 410-228-6175.

The public is warmly invited to attend. Reservations are not needed.

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