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Archer Methodist Chapel
Allendale, Bergen County

Archer was summer resident of Allendale who paid for and built this wooden frame chapel in 1876 for the Methodists who has been meeting in the area. There were supposedly camp meetings in 1785 to 1790, but that is a little early for the several day, all day revivals that we know of today as camp meetings. In any case, a Methodist society had been established near Waldwick by 1797, but this is the first Methodist meetinghouse in Allendale. In 1873 a large and very fine (judging from old photographs) late Victorian church was erected next door; that was a real landmark and lasted until 1973 when it was razed to make room for a new church.




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