Mechanicsville Methodist Episcopal Church
Whitehouse, Readington Township, Hunterdon County
c.1836; built 1844; sold 1867
Since 1940 this building has housed the Whitehouse Chemical Fire Company
and before that for many years it had been a blacksmith shop, but it
was originally the Methodist Episcopal Church of Mechanicsville, as
the eastern end of Whitehouse was known. A recently unearthed manuscript,
written in 1940 by a longtime resident, Ada Styles Totten, says the
original building was sold to James Backer, who moved
it to its present location. It was long the blacksmith shop of the community.
Later the Whitehouse Chemical Fire Company bought it for an up-to-date
firehouse, for which purpose alterations are being made.
The original sale was in 1867, when the congregation built a new
building a little west of this one.