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Frenchtown Christian church
Frenchtown, Hunterdon County

Snell's History of Hunterdon and Somerset Counties, published in 1881, provides an 1861 date and particulars for the organization of this congregation, although fails to mention whether it was a mission church of the Christian church in Milford (as I suspect), a couple miles north, which is 30-some years older. He mentions the location and cost (“about $1,000”) of the meetinghouse, but does not say when it was built.
      In the Frenchtown application for National Historic Trust designation, the researchers say the building was built in 1846, a date I find improbable, although it was not unusual for a congregation to have a building before it was formally organized. Snell’s details on the organizational meeting, the trustees and the cost give credence to 1861.
     The church had a wooden spire, but the porch was probably added when the building was remodeled as a two-family residence about 1925.







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