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Thomas Episcopal Church
Vernon, Sussex County
Thomas is a delightful little surprise—an
early board-and-batten construction with its bellfry mounted at the rear of the
building. It almost certainly traces its roots to the “cottage Gothic” popularized
by Andrew Jackson Downing. The congregation was not formally incorporated until
a year after its erection—a not uncommon practice.
It sits at one side of a large plot it shares with
a Methodist church, a parsonage,
a new St. Thomas church, and a burial ground.