authoritative source on
early churches of New Jersey
We've created a database and photographic inventory on more than half
the 18th & 19th century churches in the state and add to it each month.
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List of churches, by county
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are 59 surviving churches erected in Somerset
County before 1900; all are included in this 191 page volume, published
by the History Press in 2006.
The book is available in paperback, contains
more than 150 black-and-white illustrations (some of which can be seen
this site), a glossary of architectural terms, a brief outline of the
religious denominations operating in 18th and 19th century New Jersey,
index, and bibliography. There is an extended introductory essay, outlining
factors that shaped the churchscape, including construction types,
architectural styles and why the churches are located where they are.
The body of
the book is arranged chronologically,
so the reader can see the development of regional and national architectural
styles, as well as trace the effect of the rising affluence in the
I'm very pleased with the job done by The History Press—the paper is
very good and the quality of the reproductions is quite good, much
better than I anticipated, actually.
book sells for $24.99 and is available from Amazon. Eventually
the public libraries in the county will have copies. Here's a direct
link to Amazon where you may order the