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Libertville Methodist Episcopal Church
Libertville, Wantage Township, Sussex County



Just a few miles west of Route 23 and a little north of Sussex sits this interesting frame church. It was erected in 1861, the year the congregation was organized, and the pediment and tall rectangular windows on the side show traces of the Greek Revival style that had given way in the last decade to Gothic as the preferred architecture for churches. But the central figure is the tall Gothic window, which signifies this is a church rather than a school. The belfry is probably original, but I suspect it has been altered somewhat. It is quite similar to the Summerfield Methodist church in the middle of Warren County, erected about the same time.
     The land and much of the material used in construction was donated, a common practice in rural areas of the state.


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