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Methodist Episcopal Church of Rocky Hill
Rocky Hill, Somerset County
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
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."
revisited the church in 2006 and found that it had been beautifully restored,
a credit to the new owners.