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Manasquan, Monmouth County
The Quakers came early to this area of the state and organized by 1701;
they can trace their origins to Friends in Wall Township, who organized
a meeting in 1693.
This is one of the few shingled meetinghouses
in the state, although the shingles may not be original. The building
was damaged in 1808 and, more severely, in 1888, after which it was
rebuilt. So the building we see today may bear little resemblance to
the 1808 meeting house. The supports for the pent roof have been transformed,
the principal entrance is on the gable end, and the round top to the
window high in the gable end is unusual, but there are precedents for
all elsewhere in the state.