No. 38  August 2004
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.

First Methodist Episcopal
Phillipsburg, Warren County

Two months ago I noted that this postcard showed the now demolished Methodist church in Phillipsburg. But it was not demolished, I have recently learned. The top half was removed and a new white brick veneer has effectively disguised it. The windows are boarded up and there is a small sign in the door, saying, "This building is NOT available for sale, lease or rent."
     The original has elements of Greek Revival but mainly shows a Philadelphia influence. There are several Methodist churches in south Jersey that are similar, as well as a Methodist church across the river in Easton and another a few miles north in Belvidere, all built within a few years of this.




Copyright © 2004 Frank L. Greenagel