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Dog Chapel

Posted by Stu On October - 21 - 2005

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Now this is a roadside oddity – a chapel for dogs on a hilltop. Everything here, and I mean EVERYTHING, has to do with dogs….even the doorknobs and banisters. There’s even a doggy door for the chapel. This was an interesting ending to our trip to Vermont.

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Head of the River’s “Forgotten” Cemetery

Posted by Stu On August - 21 - 2005

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Thanks to NJ Pines & Down Jersey for helping with some of the info.

I’ve passed Head of the River Church many times going to other places, 2 being the Abandoned Cranberry Mill and Aetna Furnace. I never really thought much about the church until I read about it in Beck’s More Forgotten Towns of Southern New Jersey. It mentioned graves across the road that were apparently forgotten and overgrown. I read a few other articles that had also mentioned a tiny graveyard separate from the one around the church. A few forum members also said they knew about the “hidden cemetery”, so I decided to look for it next time I was down that way.

What I found were five graves, across the road from the church and cemetery (as the book had said). They’ve been rescued from the woods, so to speak, and appear to be maintained. We briefly looked around to see if any other stones were in the woods, but we couldn’t see any. Near the 5 graves were 2 stubs, which looked like they could have been foot stones. Since the cemetery here is 200+ years old, it’s possible there are other graves and the stones have since crumbled or otherwise vanished.

The graves are those of Baptists. Head of the River and its surrounding graveyard were for Methodists. These Baptists were buried across the way because they weren’t allowed to be buried in a Methodist cemetery. One of the buried Baptists is Reverend Grooms, who lost out because of his beliefs not once, but twice. First his fellow Baptists shunned him for wanting to preach at a Methodist church, and he became an outcast because of this decision. Then, despite trying to unite with the Methodists and even being allowed to preach at their church, he still wasn’t permitted to be buried among them. He wanted to join both groups but ultimately was never completely accepted by either. Poor guy.
Also buried here are Mrs. Grooms, the Grooms’ 2 children, and another Reverend, Isaac Bonnell.

The stones are in surprisingly good shape.

…oh yeah. Here’s a big ol’ spider we saw in the big cemetery:

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Holy Land

Posted by Stu On October - 20 - 2004

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This place is in shambles. Nature has reclaimed much of Holy Land, which was first put together in the early 50’s. To describe what exactly it is, think of an outside bible museum. There’s a small Bethlehem built onto the side of a hill, and there are many scenes from the bible scattered about the trails. At the back of the place are a large cross and a statue of Jesus; the statue, like many of the displays, is crumbling. The owner, John Greco, died in 1986, but the place was falling apart before that. I read that nuns take care of the place now, but they either don’t do very much there or they gave up on it.

Someone doesn’t like animals very much…each animal statue I found had its head cut off:

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Saint Padre Pio Shrine

Posted by Stu On May - 20 - 2004

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I am not a religious person, and I know very little about St. Padre Pio, but I found this place fascinating…I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s like an outdoor church right on the side of the road. It’s got outside benches, angel statues at each entrance, a gift shop, and even a porta-pottie in the back. Speakers that looked like rocks play music, which I found a tad too loud. I think what I liked more than anything else was the shape of the building the statue of the saint was in….kinda looks like a mini-ampitheater or something.

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The Innocents’ Cemetery

Posted by Stu On May - 20 - 2004

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We found this one on the way back from Fort Mott & Finns Point, right next to a church. I must say, I’ve never seen anything like this before.

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Jenkins Church – NJ’s Smallest Church

Posted by Stu On April - 20 - 2004

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According to New Jersey Curiosities, Jenkins Chapel, with room for only 28, is the smallest church in NJ.

I wasn’t really impressed; it doesn’t really look like a church from the outside. It sure is small though. I thought this abandoned building next to it was more interesting.

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