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Califon Methodist Episcopal Church
Califon, Hunterdon County

 

The original Methodist church in Califon was built forty-three years before the congregation was organized. That's not a paradox but a tribute to the congregation in New Germantown (now Oldwick) who sold the trim little frame building to the new Methodist congregation in 1868 when they decided to build a larger church.
     
There are two church buildings in this image; the one on the right is the original church, built in 1824. When the congregation outgrew its church, the building was sold to the Methodists in Califon for $200. In the winter of 1868 the structure was dismantled, loaded on carts and hauled over the mountain to its present location along the South Branch of the Raritan in Califon. It faced the river until 1891, when it was moved back and turned 90 degrees and the newer building (in the left of the image on the left) and the link between the two constructed.
      The steeple and entry projection are later additions and the windows were remodeled in the Gothic style and stained glass was added.

 

 

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