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First Reformed Church
New Brunswick, Middlesex County


The earliest recorded religious services in the area were conducted by Dutch Reformed ministers in 1703, and a church was built by 1717—perhaps earlier. This large stone church, capable of seating 1,100 people was built in 1812 on a site leased for a term of 2,000 years at a fee of "one peppercorn per year, if demanded." The building faces what was the wharf and market area of town, so in 1828, town fathers appropriated the money to have a clock placed in the steeple. The style is similar to the Reformed churches in Bergen county, although on a larger scale. Compare it also to the Presbyterian churches in Elizabeth and Newark.

National Register.




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