Ye Olde Yellow Meeting House-The Parsonage and Baptist Ministry

Ye Olde Yellow Meeting House-The Parsonage and Baptist Ministry (HM1I8J)

Location: Upper Freehold, NJ 08514 Monmouth County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 10.2', W 74° 28.434'

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This parsonage provided a home for the Baptist ministers at Upper Freehold. It was built in several stages with the oldest section (c.1740), now its center, containing one room on the first floor with an open-hearth fireplace and a beamed ceiling. The second floor, accessed by a staircase on the eastern wall, also had one room and a fireplace. Adjacent sections were probably built in the early 1800s.
The Meeting House was served by traveling ministers until the church was formally organized in 1766. Long sermons were in fashion, since members of the congregation often traveled great distances and wanted plenty of substance in their church services. David Jones became the first resident minister of the church and served until 1775. During the Revolution, he became known as the"fighting parson" while serving as a chaplain in the Continental Army. He gained fame for his sermon"Defensive War in a Just Cause—Sinless".


Early American ministers often supported themselves by farming during the week and preaching on Sunday. A small barn once stood just beyond the tree line to the west of the parsonage. The parsonage now serves as a private residence.


(Inscription under the drawing in the center) The renovation of the Parsonage was completed in 1985 by The Friends of the Old Yellow Meeting House.

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HM NumberHM1I8J
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Year Placed2002
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Date Added Monday, December 8th, 2014 at 9:03am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 544796 N 4446758
Decimal Degrees40.17000000, -74.47390000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 10.2', W 74° 28.434'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 10' 12" N, 74° 28' 26.04" W
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Area Code(s)609
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 72 Yellow Meetinghouse Rd, Upper Freehold NJ 08514, US
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