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Centerville Methodist Episcopal Church
Deal/Wileys Corner, Monmouth County

This modest-sized Methodist meetinghouse, now called the Wayside
Methodist church, follows a plan that can be seen elsewhere in the county, notably at Emley’s Hill. It is probably adapted from one of the Methodist planbooks published after the Civil War. The entry vestibule may be later, but the tower probably dates to 1882. Pairs of pilasters at the corners of the entry vestibule are unusual, and the nave of the church is also one or two bays longer than one normally finds in churches of this type. Ellis spells the church CENTREVILLE, but the corner stone has it spelled the conventional (American) way. Its name was changed to the Wayside Methodist Episcopal Church in 1902.




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