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Tabernacle Methodist Episcopal Church
Tabernacle, Burlington County

The simple lines of this woodframe building, erected in 1880, have not been obscured by the aluminum siding. The congregation dates to 1778. There is no record where they met in the intervening century, but presumably in private homes or in a local schoolhouse. At one time, according to Marilyn Schmidt's book, Churches and Graveyards of the Pine Barrens, before the automobile the servinces were held in the afternoon.
     Also in Tabernacle is the site of a log church erected by Methodist preacher John Brainerd about 1778 to service the Delaware indians of the region. There is a substantial burial ground near the marker commemorating the site.




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