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Hampton Methodist Episcopal church
Hampton, Hunterdon County
founded 1871; built 1872; residence
A lecture hall was built in Hampton in 1872, and church records show
a revival was held soon thereafter and many joined the Methodist meeting.
This building was erected in 1879. When it was built it stood prominently
alone three-quarters of the way up the hill overlooking most of the
town. Today the building, with its considerably shortened steeple, almost
gets lost among the local residences. In the last year this building
has been purchased by a couple who intend to restore the exterior to
its 1891 appearance.
Snell says that previous to the
coming of the railroad in 1852, there was no village here," but,
in fact, the Baptist church was founded in 1831 and the Presbyterian
Church in 1836. The village was originally called New Hampton, but was
renamed Junction after 1852 because it served as the junction of the
New Jersey Central and the Delaware Lackawanna and Western railroads.