No. 46  April 2005
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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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.
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Vincentown Baptist (or perhaps Methodist) Church
Vincentown, Burlington County

The postcard clearly identifies this as the Methodist church, but it pictures what is now the town's Baptist church, erected in 1882. The Methodist church was erected in 1853 and is a traditional Wren-Gibbs sort of building, but with a much smaller tower and steeple than usual. There's a possibility that the church was erected by the Methodists was sold to the Baptists, but I suspect that the postcard was mislabeled. On the other hand, it may be my own record-keeping that is mistaken (it's happened before). I would appreciate any clarification from readers.
     In any case, the church is of a style common enough in south Jersey, resembling the Broadway Methodist church in Salem and several others.




Copyright © 2004 Frank L. Greenagel