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early churches of New Jersey
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Bernardsville, Somerset County
are only a few
Congregational churches in the state, in spite of the fact that six of the earliest
towns, including Newark, were founded by Puritans coming in from Connecticut.
Even those early Puritan congregations switched affiliation to Presbyterian in
the early eighteenth century. Sometime after the Civil War, presumably in the
late 1870s a Congregayional church was organized in this upscale town, and in
1879 built this squat and massive stone building. Although it has the buttresses
and Gothic arch windows of the Gothic idiom, the building seems more Norman than
Gothic in feel.
The building is now home to a Masonic Lodge.