No. 104  June 2013
The authoritative source on
early churches in New Jersey

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Bergen Reformed Church
Jersey City, Hudson County


Founded in 1660, the Dutch Reformed church in Bergen (Jersey City) is the oldest congregation in the state, although the original Reformed congregation merged with a Presbyterian congregation and the result is perhaps more Presbyterian than Reformed, not that there was much difference in creed or liturgy. Both were Calvinist in orientation. This was the congregation's second church--the first was a hexagonal building very much like the early Dutch churches in Brooklyn. This building was succeeded by a Greek Revival church in 1839-1842.




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