"Where the Roads Crossed" Tabernacle by KiKitC

Tabernacle Travel Guide: 11 reviews and 23 photos

"Tabernacle in the Wilderness"

In 1778, a Presbyterian missionary named John Brainerd established the "Tabernacle in the Wilderness", a church primarily for the large Native American contingent in the area. The church sat at the intersection of roads, the hub for the local pine barren's area.

John Brainerd passed in 1781, but the strong community he helped build continued on. The log church he erected was used as a Methodist Church and school until a new school was built in 1885.

Soon, a town hall, post office, church, blacksmith and inn were built. Tabernacle is still a small town today, but it's people are big of heart and pride.

Slice of New Jersey History

Tabernacle sits in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. The land around here was used mostly for cranberries and logging. This intersection of roads was the perfect spot to add the amenities a growing town needs for religion, goods and gossip. The contributed to this small area becoming a town.

Stop at the intersection of Carranza and Medford Roads, and you are in eye shot of many historic spots. Thanks to the Tabernacle Historical Society, there are many markers to remind us of history long gone. The Society has also restored buildings to give a glimpse of life in the 1700s Jersey.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Full of History!
  • Cons:none
  • In a nutshell:Tabernacle is a slice of New Jersey history
  • Last visit to Tabernacle: Jul 2008
  • Intro Updated Aug 22, 2008
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Dec 20, 2009 at 8:26 AM

    This is a wonderful town and the history preserved well. Good job of the pictures and comments.

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2009 at 9:24 AM

    Only wish I'd come across this page before our own visit to NJ last year - we might well have made a detour to visit here. I enjoyed reading about all the history, especially the story of Indian Ann

  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    Sep 11, 2009 at 4:09 AM

    Fascinating page which reminds us of the fact that every, even the smallest, house has its history. You have enough material here for a novel, don't you think? Loved that tiny school.

  • junecorlett's Profile Photo
    Jun 23, 2009 at 3:59 AM

    A quaint town with great history. Thanks for sharing

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    May 14, 2009 at 9:36 AM

    Hola Christine! I just love little communities like this. They hold such history and are a important piece to our countries history. Lovely page indeed!

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Feb 10, 2009 at 3:11 AM

    Nice tips!

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Nov 20, 2008 at 2:19 PM

    a genuinely interestin page with tons of detail

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Aug 28, 2008 at 6:59 AM

    This is so interesting and so educational. My favorite tip was about Indian Ann. I also enjoyed the Friendship School, Town Hall, Blacksmith, and cemetery. Great photos, too.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Aug 22, 2008 at 3:55 AM

    Hi, Christine! Thanks for your description of that remote place!

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