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Hornerstown, Upper Freehold Township, Monmouth County
is located on the line of the old Pemberton and Hightstown
Railroad and was the site of a couple of mills in the 1830s.
About that time, according to Ellis, “some families living here
embraced the doctrines of the Mormons. A church was erected
[by the Mormons] which was later sold to the Catholics,” and
moved to New Egypt. The Mormons also moved to New
Egypt where they erected a church. Later the children of the early
Mormons adopted a schismatic version of the faith which abjured
polygamy and claimed to be the original followers of Joseph Smith. By
the 1880s they were still holding regular meetings in town but were
down to 10 members. About 1870 the few Baptists in town purchased
a store and fitted it up for a chapel, and then in 1894 erected the
The steeply-pitched roofs of the nave
and the several gables together with the tall square tower
are generally Gothic in manner, although there are no Gothic
arches anywhere; the building is a simple wooden-frame construction.
The narrow rectangular windows, little more than slots, are a distinctive