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Mt. Fern Methodist Episcopal Church
Mt. Fern, Randolph Township, Morris County

The 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, two miles away. Perhaps.
     The tower 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.




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