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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.