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First Methodist Church
Trenton, Mercer County

This congregation, founded in 1772, is one of the oldest in the state. There have been several mergers and renaming of congregations before this large structure was erected in 1894.
      George Whitefield (prominent in the Great Awakening) preached in Trent-town in 1739, but no Methodist class (congregation) was organized until 1771-1772. A 30 x 35 foot frame building was erected in 1773 at the corner of what is now Academy and Broadway.
      There are many Romanesque Revival elements here, including the oversized arched entrance, the rusticated stone, and the series of small windows above the entrance. The large illuminated cross at the top of the tower is a much later desecration. It is now known as the First United Methodist church.




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