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Allenwood Church
Allenwood, Monmouth County

In 1857 people near the old pre-Revolutionary War bridge over the Manasquan River organized a Free church (meaning unaffiliated with any denomination) and elected trustees as the first step in building a church, which they proceeded to do. Meetings were held monthly by the Protestant Methodists, a schismatic sect that split with the Methodist Episcopal Church on the issue of church governance. That congregation eventually became known as the Allenwood Church, and it has apparently remained unaffiliated
ever since. It is located in what was known as Chapel Town, and later as the Glendola section of the township. The current building, erected in 1895, looks a lot like the Methodist church in Clarksburg, but with a steeper roof line.




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