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Burrsville Baptist Church
Laurelton, Ocean County
local residents would know this building as the Orient Baptist
Church, as that was its name between 1913 and sometime in the
1930s, when it became
the First Baptist Church of Laurelton. But when it was built in 1857,
the congregation was known as the Burrsville Baptist Church. The
was James Dorsett. Although it adopts the recessed entry of many
of the Greek Revival buildings in the state, the proportions are
very different and there is, consequently, less of a Greek temple
feeling to this building. For an interesting comparison, see the
Presbyterian church in Trenton or the Reformed church in Griggstown.
The Greek columns are original, but
the doors appear to be replacements and the building is sheathed
in aluminum siding, so much of the original details have been lost.
Still, it is nicely proportioned and a fine example of a mid-19th
century country church in New Jersey.