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Methodist Episcopal Church
Atlantic Highlands, Monmouth County

No passerby would recognize this large Victorian residence, with its double porches and elaborate carpentry as a church, but it was the original Methodist Episcopal church in Atlantic Highlands, erected in 1882. It stood at First and Mount Street when it was erected; in 1893 it was moved to its present location. It was converted to a residence sometime after the congregation built a new church in 1896.
     The congregation actually got its start in 1881 when the Atlantic Highlands Association was formed to purchase land and plan a camp-meeting like that of Ocean Grove. Twenty Protestant ministers were directors, officers and/or shareholders in the Association, which was formed to “found a summer resort on Christian and temperance principles . . . with freedom from Sabbath-breaking crowds and intoxicating liquors.” Three hundred acres were bought, an amphitheatre and tabernacle were erected, and the camp grounds opened in July of 1880.




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