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Lower Bank Meetinghouse
Lower Bank, Washington Township, Burlington County

This small frame building on Old Church Road is apparently the oldest religious structure in the immediate area. The land was deeded to the Methodist Episcopal church in 1835 (or 1842) by a Negro Quaker. It is a simple frame building that has not been much altered since it was erected about 1842. The congregation was organized in 1780. According to Marilyn Schmidt in her book, Churches & Graveyards of the New jersey Pine Barrens, the graveyard was used by the early 1700s, but the oldest gravemarkers date to 1815 and 1817.
There is also a Lower Bank Methodist church located a short distance away on River Road, erected in 1879, which is used regulalry; services are held in this building only occasionally.




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