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Methodist Episcopal Church
Milton, Jefferson Township, Morris County
In a pattern that is repeated throughout the
northwestern region of the state, a union congregation builds an initial church,
then Methodists gain strength and either take over the church or withdraw to
erect their own. In 1824 there was a union church shared by Baptists, Presbyterians,
and Methodists, but this, says Methodist historian Vernon Hampton, “presented
various difficulties.” In 1882 the Methodists withdrew (Baptists had already
erected their own church in 1878) and built a new church. That burned in 1890,
and this small frame building was erected the following year on the old foundation.