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Asbury Methodist Episcopal Church
Long Branch, Monmouth County

Asbury Methodist is a large stone cross-gabled church of a plan that was common from the last decade of the nineteenth century through the first two or three decades of the twentieth. There is an almost identical Asbury Methodist church in Maryland, erected in 1923, so it is likely this was based on a set of plans endorsed by the parent Methodist organization. The Methodist church in Farmingdale, erected in the same year, although built of wood, is not appreciably different in plan. The main entrance is through the tower, which also sports a sentry box oriel. The round-arch windows are all tall and narrow, and all contain stained glass. A tall spire atop the tower was removed in the 1940s. The Sunday School extension was added in 1898. The congregation’s first church, built in 1869, was located across the street.




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