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Methodist Episcopal Church
Cliffwood, Monmouth County
the old colored-glass windows one might mistake this for a
contemporary chapel. In profile it is very much like a half-dozen mid-nineteenth
century churches in the county, but the aluminum siding
and the skinny little steeple raised some doubts, as did the name
of the current congregation. A old photograph taken in 1907, however,
shows the colored-glass windows, and that confirms for me that it
the original 1854 church, built largely through the labor of
the membership. The church in the old photograph is the same four-bay
deep building we see today. There was an open belfry and
an entry vestibule, which was added about the turn of the century. The church was struck by lightning in 1899 and had to be
practically rebuilt. These windows almost certainly date to that time.
The Methodist congregation folded in 1982 and the building was sold to a community church.