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Riceville Methodist Episcopal Church
Navesink, Monmouth County


Organized in 1832, the congregation erected this building in 1889, although the front extension appears newer. Benjamin D. Price of Philadelphia was probably the architect. He produced many plans for the Methodist Board of Church Extension, and later for his own book, Church Plans, which went through several editions between 1867 and 1906. This appears to be based on plan #229, but with a different tower, which may be based on plans # 196 and # 252. [Plan numbers are from the 1906 edition, but undoubtedly appeared in earlier editions under different numbers.]
The building was recently restored and anchors a National Register Historic District.




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