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  early churches of New Jersey

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First Methodist Church
Hope, Warren County



This large frame building, erected in 1876, is typical of a number of the substantial Methodist churches built in small towns in that era. It has a seating capacity seemingly far greater than the region would require, but many congregations outgrew these churches and built larger. Notice that the main auditorium is raised to provide a full basement for the Sunday School and other meetings these churches accommodated. The congregation was organized in 1826, when the Moravians who settled the town were still a presence.

 

 

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