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Mendham Methodist Episcopal Church
Mendham, Morris County

The church, which was founded in 1828, was erected in 1833 but was altered in 1851 in a Greek Revival manner by Aaron Hudson. That style remained long after the building had been sold to the municipality for use as a town hall. It served as a theater, a hardware store and several other uses until it was purchased by the fire company and used as a fire hall for a number of years.
      In 19__ the building was cut in half—horizontally—and the upper half was converted into a recreation hall for the fire company. It was a braced frame building, undoubtedly built of oak (perhaps even “cut in the full of the moon,” which was the recommended practice then). There is nothing authentic about the building anymore, but it is interesting that even portions of an old church, when built sturdily, may remain through all kinds of later modifications and uses.




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