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Pilesgrove Presbyterian Church
Daretown/Pittsgrove, Salem County

Organized in 1741 and built in 1767, this is a beautiful Georgian building, inside and out. It has the two entrances favored by eighteenth-century Protestant churches and meetinghouses, and the balanced façade characteristic of Georgian architecture. The masonry is set in Flemish bond.
     A newer brick church was erected by the congregation within sight of this one a hundred years later, and this was left to deteriorate, but was restored in 1941 There was a log schoolhouse on the property, erected about 1780; that was reconstructed in an authentic manner in 1972. It's a good representation of what the earliest churches in the region might have looked like. The box pews, raised pulpit turned posts and balasters and other interior woodwork are typical of eighteenth-century Protestant houses of worship.




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