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Methodist Episcopal Church
Williamstown, Gloucester County
fine large frame church is at least the third one on the site. It
was built in 1860 to replace an 1844 church, which replaced an
earlier church. It includes the strong shape of the
Greek Revival pediment with the square tower of the Wren-Gibbs style.
The round-arch windows are typical of the Romanesque, and the
a spire in
1888, is from the Georgian tradition. The cluster of three narrow
windows in the tower is another borrowing from the Romanesque. One
might term this either vernacular or eclectic, although the latter
is a term we usually use with reference to the last decades of the
nineteenth century. The church cost $6,763.20.
The Methodist church in Port
Republic , only 25 miles
away, erected 10 years later, was patterned after this church,
a fact confirmed in a church history booklet sent to me by Reverend Howard Cassaday.
plans for this building were loaned to the Port Republic congregation.