No. 55 January 2006
The authoritative source on
early churches in New Jersey

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First Reformed Church
Pompton Plains, Morris County

This important Dutch Reformed congregation was formed as a mission of the Ponds church from 1713 to 1736, when it was separately established. For many years it shared a minister with the Reformed churches in Fairfield, Montville and Preakness. In 1834 Pompton Plains was described as a “struggling village with a Dutch Reformed church, a tavern, three stores, an academy, and about 30 dwellings.”This classic building draws from the Dutch Reformed architectural tradition established in Bergen country, although its specific model may have been the Ponds church. It burned in 1938 down to the stone walls, but was rebuilt authentically. It was erected in 1771 and is the oldest Dutch Reformed church still standing.




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