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Fern Methodist Episcopal Church
Mt. Fern, Randolph Township, Morris County
congregation at Mt. Fern was organized in 1883, and they built this
church at a crossroads in that same year, according to Munsell's
History of Morris County. He asserts it was for the convenience
of those who lacked a buggy to carry them to the Millbrook church,
miles away. Perhaps.
was added in 1918 and the entry
was originally where the window in the new vestibule is. If you can subtract
those appendages in your mind’s eye, you have a small frame building not
much different from what Methodist congregations were building sixty years earlier.
There are a number of such modest churches of several denominations scattered
around the county; the reason lies in the fact that the region’s settlement
was a matter of widely scattered hamlets.