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St. Francis Roman Catholic Church
Trenton, Mercer County

The original congregation to build on this site was Dutch Reformed, in 1840. They apparently ran into financial difficulties for the church was soon sold to a Methodist congregation. By 1846 it had been sold again to the St. Francis Roman Catholic parish, who erected this imposing church in 1846.
     Although Catholics had regularly held mass in Trenton for years, they became entitled to own propery only with the passage of the state's revised constitution in 1840. This church was erected about as close to the statehouse as one can get.




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