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Ardena, Monmouth County
is a curious story associated with this church—there was an
old dilapidated Presbyterian meetinghouse on the property and attached
were many old graves exposed to intrusion and desecration. A
petition of citizens asked that the property be given or sold to
a church that would promise to maintain the burial ground. When
the legislature authorized that in the 1850s, the newly organized Baptist
church obtained the property and built the present structure.
It is a basic meetinghouse plan with
a shallow-pitched roof, tall rectangular windows on the sides
and round arch windows in front. The belfry is elaborate and
there are minarets on the corners of the entry vestibule. The
burial grounds are extensive and well maintained.