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Zion Evangelical and Reformed Church
Folsom, Atlantic County


This is one of the finest old churches in the state, listed on the National Register, of course. The German congregation was organized in 1848 and the church was erected five years later, in 1853. It is now commonly known as the Jacobus Lutheran Church, but that was its name for a relatively short period of its existence (1853-1870). A few years ago there was a plaque high on the steeple saying "Deutsche Zion Reformirte Kirche, 1853" according to one of our readers.
     The basic plan is common, but the craftsmanship of the exterior is remarkable. Each of clapboards has a bead; the gable and the tower are covered with an intricate pattern of wooden shingling.
     About a hundred yards away is another German Lutheran church, St. James, the result of some dissension in the congregation, for it, too, was built in 1853.




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