No. 24  April 2003
The authoritative source on
early churches in New Jersey

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We've created a database and photographic inventory on more than half the 18th & 19th century churches in the state and add to it each month. We welcome and solicit all contributions and suggestions from our visitors.

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Vintage photographs

Although the website was created to make available contemporary photographs, there are too many interesting churches that have disappeared—except on old albumen prints or in engravings made for pre-1900 books and magazines. We solicit such images from our readers and will reproduce at least one every month, along with such historical information as we can find about these vanished churches.
     If you would like to see an image in your possession on this site, we are pleased to receive your own scans, or you may send us the photograph and we will create a high resolution scan and return the image to you with a copy of the scan and out thanks! If you have a number of such vintage images, we may be able to bring our scanner to your site.

Head of the River Methodist Episcopal Church
near Tuckahoe, Atlantic County 

This 1792 building is an exceptional example of the plain meetinghouse style of church. The shutters are simple and there is a plain lintel over the double doors. It appears to have been little altered, but superbly maintained, since then. The photo dates to the 1930s, I believe, but except for the spotting and staining, might have been taken last summer, so little (meaning not at all) has the building changed.
      According to old accounts, there was a small village here named Head of the River, about four miles from Tuckahoe, and the small Methodist mission was started here about 1780. When the bog iron industry declined, the population dropped. Regular services were last held in 1916.
The building is listed on the National Register (of course).




Copyright © 2003 Frank L. Greenagel