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Ellisdale Methodist Episcopal Church
Ellisdale, Burlington County

Ellisdale lies on the boundary between Burlington and Monmouth
counties; in fact, the church itself is on the Burlington side of the old Keith Line that divided East and West Jersey. It was previously known as Gibbstown, and in 1834 as Shelltown. The congregation was organized about 1852, but services were held in the area much earlier. The church was originally under the charge of the Crosswicks church in the hierarchical governance system used by the early Methodists.
     This is a simple meetinghouse plan with a tower at the corner and an entry vestibule, both of which were added later—the vestibule and stained glass windows in 1886 and the tower in 1903.




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