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Swartswood Methodist Episcopal Church
Swartswood, Sussex County

This wooden frame building is now the municipal offices for Stillwater Township, but it was originally built as the Methodist Episcopal church in 1856, ten years after organization of the congregation.
     One would have to call the style "vernacular," for it includes Gothic arch windows, a Greek Revival pediment, an oculus that might be found on a Georgian building, and a late Victorian belfry. The contractor obviously borrowed features that he found interesting, regardless of whether they worked together. Good for him; I love these old buildings with personality!

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