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Francis Roman Catholic Church
Trenton, Mercer County
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
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.