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Cohansey Baptist Church
Roadstown, Cumberland County

There are several fine Georgian churches in south Jersey and this is among the very best—worth a detour to visit. It was built in 1801 and is beautifully maintained. The building is built of brick, and typical of the Georgian style, is symmetrical, with careful attention to detail. The entrances are patterned after designs of Christopher Wren and are similar to those on the Broad Street Presbyterian church in Bridgeton and Old Swedes church in Swedesboro. They are certainly based on one of the several planbooks widely available at the time.
      At the time of the Stamp Act (1765), Cohansey (the name of the large territory before Cumberland County was formed in 1748) was one of the three Jersey ports where a British Customs official was permitted to authorize entry. The first Baptist church in the area was organized in 1683 or 1690; this is the fourth building for this congregation.




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