Posted Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

The Morris County Freeholders have honored the Stanhope United Methodist Church in Netcong with a special award for historic preservation efforts aimed at maintaining the historic integrity of the 95-year old church.

Morris County Freeholders Recognize Historic Preservation Project in Netcong

The board presented a plaque last week to Amanda Rush, president of the church board of trustees, for work that has been done over the past several years on the church, which is an iconic building that sits at the Netcong and Stanhope border.

“This award is for their efforts to help maintain the historic character of their church, so that we don’t lose touch with the history of this county and region of the state,’’ said Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo. 

“We’d like to also thank the church for its great community efforts on a variety of fronts in helping to deal with community issues.” 

The Stanhope United Methodist Church, known as the “Church in the Glen,’’ was completed in 1920 in the Gothic Revival style, according to Ray Chang, Morris County’s Historic Preservation Program Coordinator. 

The church is individually listed on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places and is a contributing resource in the Stanhope Historic District, which is eligible for listing on the National Register.

With the help of Morris County Historic Preservation grants totaling $195,823, the church has successfully completed tower and window preservation.

Chang noted that the church is a vibrant community member in the Netcong-Stanhope area, hosting food pantry services and providing facilities for community groups such as the Girl Scouts and Alcoholics Anonymous, among others. 

To view the historic preservation work being done at the church, visit: