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Princeton Baptist Church of Penn's
Penns Neck, Mercer County
the 1880s this was also known as the Princeton Baptist church at
Penns Neck. It was organized in 1812, but meetings had been held
in private homes for some twenty-five years previous to the formal
organization. There was a very early Baptist church in Hopewell,
only a few miles away and I suspect this church was at least indirectly
a "daughter" of that.
This building was originally put up in 1852, but
in 1878 it was "remodeled, enlarged and rebuilt," according to Woodward & Hageman's
History of Burlington and Mercer Counties. Most of the exterior decorative elements are Greek revival, but the brackets in the belfry are Italianate. It is located at the intersection
of County Route 571 and U.S. Route 1, just south of Princeton.