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St Mark's Church
Hammondton, Atlantic County
At the present time (May 2003), this church presents a problem.
To all appearances it is a typical late (1870s) Episcopal church: board-and-batten
siding, open timberwork inside, elaborated door/entrance treatment.
A visit with the church's Vicar suggests the building was erected by
a Unitarian congregation and later sold to the Episcopal congregation
in town, whose own building near the railroad tracks was being shaken
to pieces by incessant train traffic. The later addition of a chancel
and stained glass windows, perhaps from a church in Philadelphia, transformed
it into a solid Anglican design.