Few people in New Jersey have reason to travel to Cumberland County, in the far south of the state. It’s very rural and kind of an isolated, forgotten part of the state.
In the township of Greenwich (pronounced green witch) is the unincorporated town of Othello, New Jersey.
It’s rarely mentioned and living in South Jersey most of my life I’ve never heard of it before.
A listener told us about it and his story is quite special. It was part of the “Underground Railway” in the 1800s and legend has it that Harriett Tubman was actually there.
The historic Bethel Othello African Methodist Episcopal Church has served its congregation since 1795. Bethel Othello Church was built by the free black community between 1838 and 1841.
An older church on the site mysteriously burned down before this time about a mile from the current structure. At one time the town of Greenwich was a major port along the Delaware Baybefore the railroads and other larger ports along the Atlantic coast of New Jersey.
It’s quiet and secluded and filled with forgotten story. It’s also home to a few famous fishing villages along the Delaware Bay, such as Fortescue and Bivalve. Yes, I know you’ve probably never heard of it either.
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