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Lower Squankum Free Meetinghouse
Howell Township, Monmouth County

The earliest record of a service being held in the area is in 1793, but the church was not formally organized until 1834. The building was erected on a donated lot, which was common in that period, and was called the Lower Squankum Free Meeting House. “ Free’ usually meant that no pew rents were charged, which had been the common practice in most Protestant churches until the time of the Second Great Awakening in the 1820s-40s. Free also meant that the meetinghouse was unaffiliated with any denomination and was available to any visiting minister. It became a Methodist congregation in 1913. The church was raised at a later date so a basement could be excavated and room added for a Sunday School and other meetings; the tower and belfry are also later additions.




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