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Johnsonburg, Warren County
Close examination of the Beers Atlas (1874) led me to believe
that this building might have been built as the Presbyterian church in
It is now used as the municipal building for Frelinghuysen Township,
but no one in the township offices knew anything of the building's history.
The municipal clerk, however, dug out a pamphlet from 1974 of a historical
tour; that publication noted that the building was erected in 1851 or
1852 as a Presbyterian church. It was later sold to the Grange,
and then to the Board of Education, which converted it to a school in
1915. In 1956, the building was adapted for use as the township's offices.
There does not appear to be an associated burial
ground, either for this church or the Methodist church a hundred feet west, nor
for the old Episcopal mission a bit further west. Old legends say that most burials
for town residents were in the Dark Moon cemetery, which is near Johnsonburg.