I got closer to my goal of a complete inventory of the churches in
a particular area I realized that this website was not sufficient
to tell the story of a county's churchscape. Here the images are
one, out of any chronological sequence, and there is no unifying
essay to highlight the county's development, or the influences
and trends that are reflected in the churchscape. I therefore determined
to create a book for each county, regardless of whether there was
a market for those books.
Software such as Adobe's PageMaker and
Acrobat programs make it relatively easy to layout a book and put it in a format
that can be reproduced at Kinko's or on one's own printer. Beginning
the inventory of the churches in Hunterdon County three years ago, I created
my first such book, then revised it several times as my understanding was
enriched by work in other counties. The extended essay that begins that book
outlines the settlement of the county, giving particular emphasis to those factors
that shaped the churchscape. That included the national origins and religion
of the early settlers and the later immigrants, the low population density of
the county, revivals and itinerant preachers, the availability of building materials
and skilled artisans, as well as regional and national architectural fashions.
The building of canals and railroads and the rising affluence of the
county's residents also had a material impact, and I wanted to knit these influences
into a coherent explanation of how and why the churches are located where they
are and why they look the way they do. And why the churchscape of Hunterdon is
different from that of any adjacent
what I had envisioned.
As the inventory of each county's
churchscape was completed, I organized the churches chronologically, then dummied
up a book, and spent some time to tease out observations and generalizations
to that county. Many churches have changed affiliation as well as their name,
and some buildings are now occupied by other congregations, all of which is
an important part of
the historical record and much is in danger of being forgotten. Indeed, I have
identified at least a dozen churches in Hunterdon, Somerset and Warren that were
to the counties' official surveys or historical societies.
A 12,000-15,000 word essay accompanies the photographic
inventory, sketching the county's settlement, religious patterns and practices,
and the influential events and activities that shaped the churchscape, such as
the folkways, the efforts of the SPG, itinerant preachers and revivals, or the
of a railroad line or canal. A list of all surviving churches, by date of construction
and by municipality is included, together with some narratives of early organization,
construction, or religious practices appropriate to each county. Each book has
a glossary of architectural terms, bibliography and index.
and Sussex followed Hunterdon at the rate of about one book every six to ten
now complete, although I expect I will be making changes over the next several
weeks, or at least until I begin working on another county. My intention is to
produce a complete inventory of the state's 18th and 19th century churches, synagogues
and meetinghouses, county by county—a task that will probably occupy
attempted to obtain a grant to publish the books in a standard format,
but that was turned down, in part because the information is available
on this website. Nevertheless, several librarians who had assisted
my efforts asked if I could make printed versions available in addition
to the CDs I had, in several cases, given them. Moreover, there is
a small but interested audience for a printed book among attendees
at the dozen or so lectures I give every year on the topic, so I
decided to make these books available via the website. I am doing
so with considerable reluctance, more or less as a test of the market,
and may withdraw this offer at any time because I absolutely hate,
loathe and detest the amount of driving around, packaging, labeling,
and record keeping this entails. And there is no money in it. But
my work will reach a wider audience, and that is the over-riding issue. The
prices below are basically what I pay Kinko's for a single copy of each
If you want a book or CD, send me an e-mail (email@example.com)
telling me what you want (specify book or CD). I will reply with the cost and
approximate shipping date. You will then need to return to this page and click
PayPal link, which is the only way I will accept payment. I do not like being
about this, but I need to minimize the hassle and irritation as much as possible.
a typical two-page spread (from the Somerset
book) which you can download and print to test how the PDF file
books contain a two-page spread on each of the old churches in the
plus 10-12 other churches from adjacent counties that were mother-daughter
churches or in some other aspect important to the churchscape of the
subject county. The books are 8½ x 11 inches, softbound, printed
by high speed Xerox. Although the images were scanned at very high
(900-1200 dpi), the reproduction quality is only "acceptable," comparable
to an average magazine; low cost rather than high image quality was
the overriding consideration. I would rather do a coffee-table book
with duotone images printed on heavy coated paper, but the cost
of such a publication would exceed $75,000 and that is out of the question.
Stately Mansions: A Photographic Inventory of the Old Churches
of Hunterdon County, New Jersey. 384 pages;
with approximately 215 black & white photographs, map, glossary,
bibliography, index. Book price: $50. CD with PDF file $25.
Morris Churchscape: a photographic inventory of the Eighteenth
and Nineteenth Century Churches of Morris County, New Jersey.
400 pages, with approximately 250 black & white photographs,
map, glossary, bibliography, index. Book Price: $50. CD with PDF file:
Somerset Churchscape: A Photographic Inventory of the Eighteenth
and Nineteenth Century Churches of Somerset County, New
Jersey. 211 pages, with approximately 130 black
& white photographs, map, glossary, bibliography, index. Book Price:
$30. CD with PDF file, $25.
Warren Churchscape: A Photographic Inventory of the Eighteenth
and Nineteenth Century Churches of Warren County, New Jersey.
256 pages, with approximately
140 black & white photographs, map, glossary, bibliography,
Book price $30. CD with PDF file $25.
Sussex Churchscape: A Photographic Inventory of the Nineteenth
Century Churches of Sussex County, New Jersey. Approximately
124 pages, with approximately 70 black & white photographs.
Book price $30. CD with PDF file $25.
cd-rom containing all five northwestern counties (Hunterdon,
Morris, Somerset, Sussex, and Warren) in a PDF format is
available for $75.
A PDF file is a computer-format that presents each page in a
book in exactly the layout and fonts the designer specified, regardless
of what software and fonts are present on the user's system. The
entire book may be printed from that file on the user's printer, or
centers like Kinko's and Staples. I have printed all the books offered
for sale from PDF files at Kinko's. The quality is not what one would
get if they were printed by a quality publisher, but it is more than
acceptable given the modest cost. If you print it yourself, note
that the paper quality will affect the sharpness of the images, as
well as the opacity.
to order and should be available in two weeks. Shipment will be by
the US Postal
Services Express Mail, with a receipt requested. The cost for that
is $__, which will be added for every book or combination of CD's
will have to put up with some inconvenience in the handling of orders.
no shipping department, no accounts payable or customer service;
I will have to handle all details of purchase and fulfillment,
as well as going to the printer and packing the books or
CDs. I haven't
done that before and as you can tell, I do not relish the idea.
But this website attracts a sizeable audience so I'm willing to give
it a try.