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Imlaystown Methodist Episcopal church
Imlaystown, Upper Freehold Township, Monmouth County


Brush covered the front and sides of this church when I first photographed it in 1999. A year later, the brush had been cleared away and there was evidence of other cleanup; in the fall of 2001, the building had been painted and is now advertised for sale or lease. From the L-shaped plan, I inferred it was probably a Methodist church, built sometime after 1865. I have spoken to a couple of people in Upper Freehold Township, but no one had definitive information about the original congregation. Timothy Griscom identified this definitely as a Methodist church, built in 1866 and enlarged in 1906. By the winter of 2004-2005 the church had undergone considerable restoration, apparently as a residence, and now appears safe. The stained glass windows are particularly effective and the prominent intersection makes this a very visible example of what can be done to preserve our architectural heritage.




Copyright (c) 2001 Frank L. Greenagel