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Port Norris Baptist Church
Port Norris, Cumberland County


There are several interesting elements about this 1881 wooden frame church. It is basically a rectangular plan meetinghouse with the tower and entrance vestibule set off to the side, part way back. A projecting bay sits in the place where the entrance would normally be found, and the windows are Gothic, rectangular and octagonal, but the screen in the belfry has a round arch. The top of the steeple has been truncated, and in its place is a little railing, while the cornice boasts the double brackets of the Italianate school. In other words, there is no coherence to this design, which is its charm—marred only by the aluminum siding.




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