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Embury Methodist Episcopal Church
Little Silver, Monmouth County

This fine little church is the congregation’s second on the site, which was donated in 1822 when the village was called Parkerville. Methodist meetings were held in the home of Michael Parker, who lived opposite the lot where the church stands. The first church was largely a donated affair, but the congregation outgrew it by 1866, and two years later this 35’ x 60’ frame church was erected.
     It is a good example of what is called a vernacular style in that it combines the outlines of a Greek Revival church with a tall Gothic-arch window in front, and some other elements of mid- Victorian style. The two entrances are located at the corners of the front, and there is a triangular window in the gable. The building is four bays deep, and there are unusual vertical battens separating the bays (windows).





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