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Balesville Christian Church
Township, Sussex County


The Christian church in Balesville is quite a departure from the standard Christian plan, which is generally a stucco-over-stone building with very little "architectural decoration." This building is basically a Greek Revival plan, although I believe the entry vestibule is later.
     The congregation was organized in 1826, about the time the earliest Christian churches in the region were founded. The building was erected in 1856, and it is now known as the Balesville Congregational Christian Church. The Christian Church merged with the Congregational Church sometime in the 20th century, but other branches of the Christian/Campbellite Church—mostly in western Pennsylvania and the mid-south remain independent.


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