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Tranquility Methodist Episcopal Church
Tranquility, Sussex County


The design of this exceptional church is a common one in central Jersey, found from Perth Amboy to Milford, most built within a few years of this (1870). Some have a slightly different entrance arrangement, and others adopted different window treatment, but the basic design of the façade is very similar. The Methodist church in Perth Amboy built theirs of brick, and the Presbyterian church in Milford built a stucco-over-stone church with a mansard-roofed belfry. The model, as far as I have been able to determine, is the Presbyterian church in Westfield (Union county), built in 1861. This is one of the most graceful examples of the style because of the belfry and the tall spire. The clapboards have not been encased in aluminum siding and all the fine details of door and window surrounds have been preserved.
     The congregation was organized about 1836 and this building erected in 1870. Prior to this building, the congregation built an earlier church on the foundation of the Quaker meetinghouse in Allamuchy (Warren county), a building which still stands.


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