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Mt Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church
Montgomery Township (Rock Mills district), Somerset County

 

This delightful little church on the Sourland Mountain is not easy to find; it's on Hollow Road, but you'll miss it unless you're driving north because it is obscured by trees on the north side and there's no sign. It was built sometime between 1865 and 1870 (according to Snell's History of Hunterdon and Somerset Counties, but there's a small brick cornerstone with the date Nov 19, 1899. That's either a rebuilding, or the date it was moved from the Rock Mills section of the township to its present location in "the Hollow."
     There's an inset in each window on the side that makes it appear that these are round-arch windows, and a little zigzag trim at the bottom of the pediment, but otherwise the building is unadorned. It is one of the few AME churches remaining that have any character.

 

 

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