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Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd
Hamburg, Sussex County

In the Boro of Hamburg on the Hamburg Turnpike sits this former chapel which has been converted to a residence; based on the architectureal elements (buttresses, transept, chancel and lancet (narrow Gothic arch windows), the perceptive viewer will recognize it as Episcopal, who considered the architectural plan a central part of Anglican liturgy.
Snell says the cornerstone of the church was laid in 1872 and the building completed by 1874. The probable reason for the hiatus was the financial Panic of 1873, which affected the region and the entire country for several years, although both Snell and Wood say the reason was a decision after the cornerstone had been laid to build of stone rather than a wood. The Presbyterian church was building a stone church and the inference is that the Anglicans could not be seen to use inferior material.

See Marion E. Wood, All About Hamburg: A History of Hamburg, New Jersey. McAfee, New Jersey: Country Cousin, 1999.


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