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Emley's Hill Methodist Episcopal Church
Cream Ridge, Monmouth County

According to Franklin Ellis, the locale was once known as “Hollerin’ Hill” and “Screamin’ Hill,” references to the fervor of the early Methodist congregation. Camp meetings and revivals in the early decades of the nineteenth century were often raucous affairs. In his journal for October 28, 1795, Bishop Asbury notes, “We rode twenty miles to Emley’s church, where the great revival of religion was some years ago. I felt a little of the old good spirit there still.” Land was given by Samuel Imlay (or Emlay) and the original church was erected in 1790. It burned in 1807 and was rebuilt and that served until 1855 when the present church was erected.
     This was a very basic meetinghouse, in accordance with the Methodist edict to build simply. There was an open porch the width of the building but that was enclosed in 1910 when the tower was added. The churches of Clarksburg and Imlaystown once formed a circuit with Emley's Hill.




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