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Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church


Pennsville, Penns Neck Township, Salem County
South Broadway
founded c.1775, built 1881

Stanger says Methodism was introduced to Lower Penns Neck in 1775 and two years later land was purchased at Salem & Fort Mott Roads, where the cemetery now stands. A log church was erected, and it served until 1811. A second church was erected in 1842, and a newer one (this building) was erected in town in 1881 (although Stanger says 1866). When this chapel proved to be too small the building was sold, moved across the street, used for a time as a school, and then converted into a duplex. The 1886 church was demolished about 1957 to make room for the current neocolonial structure.
     Without an examination of the framing of the building, it is impossible to discern the original massing of the 1881 chapel, although one can guess that the cross gable is new and the two extensions with the paired windows are also not original (nor, of course, the porch on the left). That would leave an enlarged version that might have looked like a wooden-frame plan in the mold of Old St. George's in Philadelphia.