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Dias Creek Methodist Episcopal Church
Dias Creek, Cape May County

By 1886 when this wooden frame building was erected Methodist congregations had generally prospered, and there was much less reluctance than a generation earlier to build more fashionable churches. Here we can see a substantial entry vestibule, and distinctive tower and a hexagonal-shaped open belfry with a tall conical roof. That is not exactly the standard plan for a Methodist church in a mostly rural area. It also has a distinct advantage over most of its Methodist counterparts in the state—it still has the original weatherboard planking—no aluminum siding here.




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