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First Presbyterian Church of Ewing
Ewing, Mercer County

 

Many churches in the colonial period developed out of loosely-organized meetings that met in homes, barns or even in a shady grove to hear the occasional itinerant minister. Presbyterians in the Ewing area gathered with Church of England people about 1703; by 1708 (official founding date), the harmony among the group had ceased, acccording to the congrega-tion’s own history and the Anglicans left to form St. Michael’s in Trenton. The first church, built of logs, dates to 1712, when it was known as the First Presbyterian Church of Hopewell Township. That was replaced by a frame church in 1728, which was in turn replaced in 1795 with a brick church, much in the style of the Old Broad Street Presbyterian church in Bridgeton (Cumberland County). In 1867 that building was torn down and this massive stone building, designed by J.C. Sidney of Philadelphia, was erected at a cost of about $20,000. The tall steeple came down in 1890, and the stenciling on the walls has been painted over, but in other respects the church remains much as it was in the nineteenth century.

 

 

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