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  early churches of New Jersey

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St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal Church
New Gretna, Burlington County


From old photographs (c. 1910-20) one would say this church was built in the 1870s or 80s, which, in fact, was when the front of the building was put up. But the church was erected in 1852 and enlarged in 1887. There were two serious fires in the church's history: the first, when it was struck by lightning in 1881 and again in 1954, when the Pastor, who was also the Fire Chief, called out the fire department and the building was saved. The interior walls are covered with molded tin, but the metal ceiling are covered with dropped acoustical tiles.
     There is a record that the early meetings of Methodists in the Bass River area were held in private homes before 1799, and that there was also a small chapel when regular meetings were held by 1799.





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