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St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal Church
Ocean Grove, Monmouth County

This large church occupies an entire city block in Ocean Grove, just a few hundred yards from the Great Auditorium. The original church was a large structure when it was bullt in 1884-85, and it has been enlarged twice since then. The clerestory appears to be part of the original, and perhaps the Gothic-arch windows and buttresses along the nave are as well. The main entrance is now on the north side, so it was certainly moved from the gable end, which was probably on the east end of the building. A Sunday School was added in 1908 and another substantial addition in 1959. The congregation’s inital church, erected in 1876 was sold to Neptune Township for use as a school. The lot for the current church was donated by the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association.




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