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Mt Hope Methodist Episcopal Church
Mt. Hope, Rockaway Township, Morris County
1868 the Mt Hope Iron Mining Company erected this church on Mt Hope Road
north of Dover for the convenience of its employees.
It was one of several such churches, mostly Methodist, built by the
mining companies and referred to as "mine
churches" or "miner's churches." The Mount Hope Miner's
Church was erected through the efforts of the Mt. Hope Mining Company's
officially designated for any denomination, Stephens and his mining
were predominantly Methodists and the church retained that affiliation
until it closed in
the 1980s. The church basement was utilized as the area's public
the 1870's until 1885.
The building is now abandoned, but it
appears to have been used for other purposes in recent years. Much
wooden details in the window surrounds and the cupola are in good condition
(although they need a little paint). Given its history as church and
school, this is a building that should be saved.