No. 52 October 2005
The authoritative source on
early churches in New Jersey

About this site
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.

How to use this site
Architects and builders
Respond to readers' queries
Consult the database
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Upload a photo
Suggest a church for inclusion

List of churches, by county

Photographic notes
Links to related sites

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 our thanks!

Moravian Church
near Oldman's Creek/Swedesboro, Gloucester County

The Moravian church was built in 1786, almost forty years after it was organized. It is a trim symmetrical brick building, with minimal decorative elements, and two front doors on the long side, in the manner of the Quaker meetinghouses.
     After the Moravians left the area, it was occupied for a time by Methodists, but they were evicted and the church formally deeded to the Episcopal Church in 1836. It is now owned by the Gloucester County Historical Society and is on the National Register.




Copyright © 2004 Frank L. Greenagel