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Allentown Methodist Episcopal Church
Allentown, Upper Freehold Township, Monmouth County
The Methodist church was organized in 1810 and a wooden frame building
erected in 1833. The stone marker above the entrance says the church
was rebuilt in 1859. Certainly the belfry, the heavy pediment, and
the door and window surrounds date from that period.
The band of dentils marking
the distinction between the lower and upper floors is unusual, which
leads me to infer that the church was raised on blocks, a basement
was excavated, and finished to provide room for a lecture hall, Sunday
School and other meeting rooms, and the main auditoriam is on the
often provided space for a variety of cultural and other goups that were
not closely connected to the church.