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Bernardsville Congregational Church
Bernardsville, Somerset County

There 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.




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