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Atsion Free Union Church
Shamong Township, Burlington County
The village 0f Atsion, in the Wharton State Forest, barely appears
on maps anymore, but in the last century it was the site of a thriving
highway, off a dirt road apparently leading nowhere I found the Atsion
church, which was once called the Richards Church and then the Free
1828, probably by the proprietor of the furnace, about the time it
was organized. Services are still held, and it is now known as the
A small vestibule has been added to the
front, and the whole encased in aluminum, but in line and scale, it
is not so different than it would have appeared to a passerby one hundred
fifty years ago.
Another hundreds yards into the woords
is the remains of the old school house, boarded up and deteriorating,
but still, a nice representation of a school from the 1880s or so.