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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 Massachusetts—a 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.
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