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These are the churches that have been recently photographed and are included on the photographic inventory. [partial list--not complete; I expect there are less than 60 pre-1900 churches in total.]

Municipality Church Sect

Fnd

Built
Style
Barnegat
St. Mary's Roman Catholic
RC

 

1870s

vernacular
Barnegat
Quak
1767
1767
meetinghouse
Barnegat
ME
1829
1886
vernacular
Barnegat
Pres
1876
1870s
Bayhead
All Saints
Epis
1889
shingle
Bayhead
Bayhead Tabernacle
1890s
meetinghouse
Bayhead
Bayhead Chapel
1888
1889
shingle
Bayville
ME
1855
1873
Wren-Gibbs
Brick Twsp
ME
1860s
1875
traditional
Brookville
Brookville Methodist Episcopal
ME
c1865
traditional
Forked River
ME
c1884
Wren-Gibbs
Island heights
Methodist Episcopal Ch of Island Hts
ME
1882
eclectic
Island Hieghts
Episcopal church
Epis
1880s
traditional
Jackson Twsp
Harmony Methodist Episcopal
ME
1870
traditional
Jackson Twsp
Morm
1828?
1828
vernacular
Lacey Twsp
[Christian Bible Baptist Church]
1870s
vernacular
Lakewood
ME
1837
1869
Greek Revival
Lakewood
Pres
1884
Gothic
Lakewood
AME
c1865
vernacular
Lakewood
Bapt
c1898
Romanesque
Lakewood
[unknown]
Bapt?
vernacular
Lakewood
Epis
1865
1884
Gothic Revival
Laurelton
Burrsville Baptist (Orient Bapt)
Bapt
1857
Greek Revival
Lavalette
First Christian Association
non
1883
1887
vernacular
Manahawkin
ME
1806
1870s
Gothic
Manahawkin
non
1749
1860
meetinghouse
Mantoloking
St. Simon by the Sea
Epis
1889
stick
Murray Grove
Univ
1765
1841
meetinghouse
New Egypt
New Egypt Methodist Episcopal
ME
1851
Greek Revival
New Egypt
Plumstead Presbyterian
Pres
1850s
Greek Revival
New Egypt
ME
1837
meetinghouse
Ortley Beach
Saint Elisabeth's Chapel
Epis
1885
meetinghouse
Parkerton Calvary Baptist Bapt
1893
Gothic
Pleasant Grove
Pleasant Grove Methodist
ME
1847
1880s
vernacular
Point Pleasant
Point Pleasant Presbyterian
Pres
1870s
traditional
Point Pleasant
First Baptist
Bapt
1880s
traditional
Point Pleasant
St. Mary's-by-the-Sea
Epis
1889
traditional
Point Pleasant
Harvey memorial Methodist Episcopal
ME
1872
traditional
Stafford Twsp
Warren Grove Methodist Episcopal
ME
1874
1874
traditional
Tom's River
Epis
1882
Gothic
Tom's River
First Presbyterian
Pres
1841
1856
traditional
Tuckerton Little Egg Harbor Friends Meeting Quak
1704
1863
meetinghouse
Tuckerton First Presbyterian Pres
1859
1861
Gothic
West Creek West Creek Methodist Episcopal ME

1815

1868

eclectic

 


Some explanation is needed. Churches in boldface are either listed on the National Register or are otherwise of special interest. If the name of the church is in brackets [ ] I am in doubt as to the founding congregation. The Sect is the original religious denomination when the church was built. Fields left blank are those for which I have no solid information.

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