Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum

Date of Construction: 1866
Historic Designation: Pending Listing on the National Register of Historic Places
Grant: Somerset County Historic Preservation Grant
Size: 1800 S.F.




The Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church was organized in 1866 in Zion, New Jersey. After the local quarrying industries had become obsolete and the peach orchards had been blighted, the church was dismantled and rebuilt in Skillman at its current location. The church closed in 2005. The simple, one-room wood frame building is a wood frame construction on a stone foundation clad in vertical beaded board that is painted white. It has a pitched roof and each gabled end has an entry door and a decorative picket detail at the eave line. The interior is remarkably intact with stained and varnished vertical beaded board. The pulpit is at the east wall on a raised platform and there are original wood pews. The building has a high degree of integrity and character-defining features.

Condition Assessment and Vision Planning

  • Interior and Exterior Condition Assessment
  • Structural Assessment
  • Cost Estimating
  • Vision Planning Workshop
  • Educational and Branding Workshops
  • Assistance with Grant Writing