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Head of the River Methodist Episcopal Church
near Tuckahoe, Atlantic County
This church is a plain meetinghouse, erected in 1792. It resembles
several I have seen in Rhode Island and Massachusettsa simple
farmhouse with no decorative details. The shutters are simple and there
is a plain lintel over the double doors. It appears to have been little
altered, but superbly maintained, since then. The building was locked
on the day I visited, but I will return to photograph the interior,
which is fascinating.
According to old accounts, there was
a small village here named Head of the River, about four miles from
Tuckahoe, and the small Methodist mission was started here about 1780.
When the bog iron industry declined, the population dropped. Regular
services were last held in 1916.