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Mt Bethel Baptist Meetinghouse
Warren Township, Somerset County

This plain frame meetinghouse was erected in 1757 on a site near here, ten years before the Baptist congregation was formally organized. The building was moved to this site in 1785.
     The congregation was founded by 18 members, half of whom were women, although no women are listed as “officers” in the minutes, which included designated persons to “keep the books, set the Psalms, and reading Clerk.” In 1851 after an impressive series of revival meetings, the Millington Baptist church was organized as a separate church from among the membership of Mt Bethel.
     Although a small structure, there is a gallery, and, of course, the traditional separate entrances for men and women. Except in its proportions and the absence of any shutters, it might be mistaken for a Quaker meeting house, down to the ubiquitous sycamore tree on the property. The building has a substantial cemetery to the rear.

It is listed on the National Register.



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