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Old North Reformed Church at Schraalenburgh
Dumont, Bergen County
The congregation was founded in or near Bengenfield by 1723, but by
1755 dissension within the congregation led to a rupture. This was
a time of dispute between traditionalists and those who wanted the
ability to ordain ministers in this country (among other things). The
two parts of the Schaarlenburgh congregation decided to build separate
churches by 1798, and the northen group erected this building, virtually
identical to the Old South church,
in 1801. It was enlarged later, and the entry wooden porch added.
the same plan, including its twin, the Old South Reformed church,
few miles south in Bergenfield.
The side view suggests the strong affinity with the basic Wren-Gibbs
plan. This basic plan was used for Dutch Reformed churches from Hackensack
to Marlboro to Somerville.