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Estell Manor in Atlantic County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Tie That Binds

Religious Influence-Historic Settlements

 
 
The Tie That Binds Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 18, 2016
1. The Tie That Binds Marker
Inscription. Seeking shelter from a storm, Rev. John James, a circuit riding preacher ordained by the Church in England, but disciplined in the beliefs of the Methodist Church of John Wesley, met by chance with local resident David Sayres on a cold, wintry night in 1780. Sayres, a colonial soldier and patriot, did not favor sheltering any man representing the English crown, but could not allow the Reverend to stay out in the blizzard.

As a result of this chance meeting, a small society of Christian believers formed at the Head of the Tuckahoe River. By 1781, the society was meeting in the sawmill of Jeremiah and William Smith not far from the location of the present church. Within a few short years, the society outgrew the sawmill and it became necessary to begin thinking about building a house of worship. The new building, still under construction, was dedicated in 1792.

With the church as a focal point, surrounding communities prospered for more than a century. By the late 1930s, new modes of transportation and routes of travel forever altered the future of the area. Local industries and business began vanishing, families moved away, and houses and farms slowly disappeared---bringing about the regression of the Head of the River, Methodist Episcopal Church. Traces of these former industrial enterprises can still be found with careful observation.

The Tie That Binds Marker with the NJ Coastal Heritage Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 18, 2016
2. The Tie That Binds Marker with the NJ Coastal Heritage Trail Marker

 
Erected by National Park Service and NJ Division of Parks and Forestry.
 
Location. 39° 18.68′ N, 74° 49.366′ W. Marker is in Estell Manor, New Jersey, in Atlantic County. Marker is on Head of the River Road (NJ 649). Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Estell Manor NJ 08319, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Head of the River Church (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Etna (Aetna) Furnace (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Flattening House (approx. 7 miles away); The Melting Furnace (approx. 7 miles away); The Pot House (approx. 7 miles away); The Daniel Estell House (approx. 7 miles away); Estellville Glass Factory (approx. 7 miles away); The Estellville Methodist Church (approx. 7.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Estell Manor.
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.War, US Revolutionary
 
NJ Coastal Heriage Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 18, 2016
3. NJ Coastal Heriage Trail Marker
The Tie That Binds Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 18, 2016
4. The Tie That Binds Marker
Note the Ten Commandments marker in the background
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 162 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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