The Bethlehem Baptist Church ruins are located just off route I-78 East at exit 11. They sit at the beginning of Baptist Church Road. Very easy to access as the ruins are very close to the road. You will not find too much history about the church. We know the church was closed as a church in 1906. When first built it was the only Baptist church in the area. As more churches were built and people didn’t have to travel as far the congregation dwindled and the church was abandon. As the story goes: later the copper gutter work was stolen from along the roof and it is believed that due to the lack of the rain gutters and time the walls weakened and the roof collapsed. Then at some point the structure became the victim of arson.
But still a very popular focal point for many area photographers. While I was shooting my set you see here there were two young ladies shooting as well. I would much rather see a preserved old church, then see ruins. I’m sure it was a beauty in it’s day. It has a very well kept graveyard that is maintained by descendants of it’s occupants.
I have shot this location years ago but in revisiting I was focused more this time on taking some HDR as well as regular photos. And in post process I was looking for an effect that would go in the vein of the age of the church.
So if you happen to find yourself on I-78 at exit 11 and you want to get some photos of the ruins it is very easy and quick. You can not really see the ruins from the highway but they sit literally a few hundred yards from the back hidden by a tree line. If taking the Eastbound exit and going towards Baptist Church road they sit in plain view.