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Methodist Episcopal Church of Rocky Hill
Rocky Hill, Somerset County


The building was undergoing renovation and extension at the time of my initial visit in the spring of 2002. It is typical of the 1870s era Methodist churches, and there was one in Rocky Hill, so I tentatively identified this as that church.
      I subsequently learned the building was for a long time used as a theater and known as Lyric Hall and that it had, indeed, been built in 1870 as a Methodist church. Records say it was organized in 1869 and the building put up in 1870. The building was donated by the owner to the New Jersey Legacies Program, which sold it to a "preservation-minded buyer, with protective easements to ensure that the exterior will be restored and the site will not be developed."

     I revisited the church in 2006 and found that it had been beautifully restored, a credit to the new owners.




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