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First Baptist Church of Raritan
Somerville, Somerset County

The first Baptist church in Somerville was founded in 1843, and their first church was located on Main street; when they needed a larger building, they purchased a lot on High Street and tore down the old church to use the materials to build this one in 1872. The bell and clock from the original church were supposedly incorporated in this Romanesque building. The front tewnty feet of the church is a much later piece of work, but the sides appear to date to the 1872 building, which was designed by Asa Dilts, who is credited with the design and/or construction of several other churches in the region.

 

 

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