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Joseph's Roman Catholic
Newton, Sussex County
entry vestibule is newer than the rest of the church, but quite appropriate
to the style and materials of the original.
Snell called it a “a handsome brick building” and says it cost
$19,000—a considerable sum in those days for a small parish, but “the
generous non-Catholic townspeople assisted in raising the building.”
There were occasional visits to the area by priests
from Paterson, starting about 1821, but there was no settled congregation until
1854, and the first church,
a wooden frame building, was erected in 1861.
The tower is very similar, perhaps identical to the one on the Shrine
Blessed Sacrament in Raritan (Somerset County) built some years later; the probability
is high they shared an architect.