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Moravian meetinghouse
near Swedesboro, Gloucester County

The Moravian church was built in 1786, almost forty years after it was organized. It is a trim symmetrical brick building, with minimal decorative elements, and two front doors on the long side, in the manner of the Quaker meetinghouses.
      After the Moravians left the area (as they did in a much larger settlement in Hope), the church was occupied for a time by Methodists, but they were evicted (rowdyness and debauchery was the excuse, it appears) and the church formally deeded to the Episcopal Church in 1836. It is now owned by the Gloucester County Historical Society and is on the National Register.




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