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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. Snells
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.