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Hillsborough Reformed Church at Millstone
Millstone, Somerset County
One of only a few true Federal-style meetinghouses in the
state, the church is the anchor of a National Historical District designation.
The Reformed congregation was organized in 1766 by members of the
church at Harlingen, and this building erected in 1828. The building committee
examined the Reformed church at Six Mile Run and took that as its model.
That building no longer exists, but meetinghouses in
and Second Presbyterian
church in Elizabeth exhibit
smiliar Federal style architecture, of which very little has been preserved
The belfry and steeple
are a little more elaborate than on some of the meetinghouses built in that period,
and door surrounds and fenestration are definitely a sophisticated element for
a rustic area. Notice, particularly, the fanlights over the three entrances,
the spoked oculus, and the quarter segmental fans in the gable end. The active
congregation maintains the church beautifully.
See Ursula C. Brecknell, Hillsborough: An Architectural History. Neshanic,
New Jersey: Township of Hillsborough Historic Preservation Committee,