Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

New Jersey Historic Trust Affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs

Port Colden Historic District: Port Colden United Methodist Church

Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund
Historic Site Management Grant
Capital Preservation Grant, Level II
Grant Award: $27,000 (2005); $186,000 (2008)
Grant Recipient: Port Colden United Methodist Church
County: Warren
Municipality: Port Colden

Still serving as the centerpiece of the community, the Port Colden United Methodist Church was constructed in the early 1890s according to the designs of architect A. H. Price. The design is influenced by Carpenter Gothic and Stick-style characteristics. Historically, the village of Port Colden centered on the Morris Canal and included an overnight boat basin, stores providing boat supplies and repair facilities, among other canal related activities.

The 2008 Trust grant helped fund the structural stabilization of the bell tower, the reattachment of the steeple, the restoration of the main entry, and the restoration of the exterior clapboard and shingle siding. A previous Trust grant assisted the preparation of a preservation plan for the church and architectural and engineering services to stabilize the bell tower.

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