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Freehold, Monmouth County
Main Street in Freehold boasts quite an alignment of old churches— Reformed,
Baptist, Presbyterian, and Methodist. All were built about the middle
of the nineteenth century, and in most cases we know the name of the
architect, which is rather unusual.
The Methodist church held meetings
as early as 1780, but the congregation was not formally organized
until 1831. It was named the Wesley Chapel until 1875 when the name was
changed. The congregation met in local schools and in the courthouse
until they built their first church. This building was erected in 1857-58,
but the tower was added in 1885. The architect for the church was Charles
Graham, and the buiolding was described by contemporaries as "Romanesque,
finished on the outside in imitation of brown stone." That hardly
seems to fit the present building.