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Lumberton Methodist Episcopal Church

Lumberton, Burlington County
Main Street
founded 11789, built 1868

Lumberton Covenant BaptistThis is a large frame building, something of a cross between the meetinghouse style of the Springfield Presbyterian church in Union county (erected in 1791) and the brick "bank-front" churches of south Jersey that were modeled after the Methodist's "mother" church in Philadelphia, Old St. George's. This building was erected in the 1860s I think, although an authoritative source suggests that something of the 1813 building still exists. In any case, the building was moved to its present location in 1868 and enlarged.

By the 1860s there was a demand for Sunday schools, so most Methodist and Baptist churches erected after that date have their auditorium/sanctuary on the second floor, leaving room for classes and others meetings on the ground floor. There was still ample headroom for a gallery.

When the congregation outgrew the church in the 1860s they purchased another lot on Main street and erected this church. It was, according to Woodward's source, patterned after the Methodist church in Medford. It now serves the Covenant Baptist congregation.

Woodward, 347-48