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Jerseyville Methodist Episcopal Church
Howell Township, Monmouth County

This fine traditional church has maintained its wooden clapboards, original windows and stone foundation. It is one of the very few mid-nineteenth century churches that is basically in original condition, and justly deserves its place on the National Register. The style—a meetinghouse with interior gallery and projecting multi-tiered tower has a rich history, which can probably be traced back through the late-eighteenth century Presbyterian churches in Newark and Elizabeth to the Old North Church in Boston, and
from there back to St. James Picadilly in London. Those stone and brick ancestors have been cleverly translated and scaled for the prevailing wooden-frame construction of this region. The round molds over the door and windows were a common feature of the period, but have often been replaced; it is a delight to find a church of this age in such fine condition, and a credit to members of the congregation responsible for that effort.








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