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Hopatcong Methodist Church
Lake Hopatcong, Morris County
The Methodist congregation at Lake
Hopatcong was organized, according to Vernon Hampton's book on the Methodist
churches of northern New Jersey, in 1867, and meetings were held
in members’ houses until 1872, often led by preachers from Port Oram (Wharton).
The first church was built in 1873 and supplied by preachers from Centenary College
and Drew University. That church burned in 1899 and this replacement was completed
the following year.
The building was extended in the 1960s, I believe. The only obvious indication
of a late nineteenth century origin are the massed windows in the tower and to
the right of it—a convention borrowed from the Romanesque Revival.