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Mt. Salem Methodist Episcopal church
Alexandria Township, Hunterdon County


This Civil War vintage church sits on the dividing line between Union Township and Alexandria. The congregation was organized in 1838 and the congregation met in private houses in the area until they built their first church in 1846. This building was put up in 1864, and the builder/architect is listed as Eli Bosenbury. The area was not traditionally known as Mt. Salem; the name was chosen to honor a local resident who gave the land. Mt Salem is a reference to “David’s mount of old” in the Bible, a rather obscure allusion today and perhaps then, too. The exterior has been beautifully restored and it now serves as the Historical Museum for Alexandria Township.




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