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Asbury Methodist Episcopal Church

Woodstown, Salem County
South Main
founded 1823, built 1893

By 1825 the Woodstown Methodist class was a regular preaching station on the Salem circuit; a class of 11 people was formed, according to the church, in 1823. The original building was erected on the site of the present cemetery, and in 1856 a new church was erected. That burned in 1893 and this brick building was erected.
The entrance through the tower, triple window and shape of the spire are common elements in the idiom of late-century Methodist church architecture. I suspect it was based on a plan of Benjamin Price, who worked closely with the Methodist Board of Church Extension during this period. Price had been based in Philadelphia, but later worked out of Atlantic Highlands. This is typical of his plans for a medium-sized church.