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Reformed Church of Clover Hill
Clover Hill, Hillsborough Township, Somerset County

The congregation was founded as a Reformed church, when the rear portion of the building was built in 1834, but by 1838 or so, it had affiliated with the Presbyterian church and remained so for another 22 years. In 1862 it returned to the Dutch Reformed denomination. Sometime thereafter, the front 15 feet were added to the building in a rather different style. The rear features large Gothic arch windows, whereas the front exhibits elements from several styles (round arch windows, an ogee curve over the door, a quatrefoil window high on the tower, and a ruch surface created by a variety of shingle shapes) and might best be called vernacular.
     The steeple was blown down in 1885, and was replaced by this lantern/belfry, which is certainly original, and a very distinctive part of the charm of this rural church.




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