Swing Cemetery

You may know it as the Old Christ’s Church on the Cohansey River, the Old Fairfield Church, the Old New England Town Church or even as Swing Cemetery. Whatever name you choose to use, it refers to the historic cemetery located on Back Neck Road in Fairton, NJ. Congregational Puritans from Fairfield Connecticut were sponsored by New Haven merchants to settle on the shores of the Delaware Bay in the late seventeenth century. By 1680, a congregation had gathered at New England Crossroads on the Cohansey River. By 1708, Christ’s Church of Fairfield had become Presbyterian. It may have been one of the six churches that originated in Philadelphia as the first Presbytery in America. In 1775, the congregation decided to build a new church. And soon they moved to the Old Stone Church location. Methodists were holding meetings in private residences until 1819-20 when a meeting house, called the Swing Meeting House, was erected directly in front of the graveyard of the Fairfield Presbyterian Church. Methodists began burying their family members there, hence the name Swing Cemetery. Back Neck Road (County Road 601) at New England Cross Road (Methodist Meeting Road), Fairfield Township.