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
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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).