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Orange, Essex County
is a large stone Gothic Revival building, erected about 1870. It
is now used by two additional congregations, one that was really
rocking as I visited one Sunday morning. Here is the account of the
church from the new jersey Historical Society:
Orange First Presbyterian Church was formed in 1719 under the
name, The Church at Newark Mountains, since Orange was a
part of Newark at the time. As residents who belonged to the
First Presbyterian Church
in Newark moved to the mountains west of the city, it became
apparent that another Presbyterian church would need to be built.
In 1748, the
Church at Newark Mountains became a Presbyterian congregation,
and adopted a new name, The Second Presbyterian Church of Newark.
this settlement separated from the town of Newark; the new
municipality was given the name of Orange. Consequently, the
church changed its
name in 1811 to the Orange First Presbyterian Church. In
1832, since most members of the First Presbyterian Church had
relocated to more
distant parts of Orange, it again became necessary to form
a new Presbyterian congregation. As a result, the Second Presbyterian
Church of Orange
was formed in 1832.
See also Wickes, Stephen. Ten years' history of
the First Presbyterian Church, Orange, New Jersey. Newark,
N.J., n.p., 1877.