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old Pittsgrove Baptist Church
Pittsgrove Township, Salem County

All of the Baptist churches in the region are daughters or missions of the Cohansey church, and the Pittsgrove church is no exception. It was organized in 1730 when a preaching station was begun in the area then called Pittsgrove. Meetings were held in a log cabin on the Woodstown-Daretown Road where this building now stands. A larger wooden-frame building was erected in 1743 in the same location, and that was replaced by this traditional brick meetinghouse, called "Baptist House" in 1844.
The symmetry and the fanlight over the entrance are typical of the Georgian style, which is common in South Jersey. This church is very similar to the Baptist (1844) and Presbyterian (1835) churches in Greenwich, which are only a few miles east of this site.
     When the congregation needed a larger, more conveniently-located building it erected its present church in the center of Daretown in 1893. I understand this building still hosts occasional meetings.




Copyright (c) 2001 Frank L. Greenagel