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Alexandria Presbyterian Church at Mount Pleasant
Holland Township, Hunterdon County
The strong Greek Revival elements of this building tells us that it
was erected sometime before the Civil War; in 1843, in fact. The steeple
is not original, and has been modified again since this photograph was
made a few years ago.
Known originally as the Presbyterian Church
of Mount Pleasant, the church was organized by or before 1752. It held
services in a log meetinghouse by 1763, which was shared with a German
Reformed congregation, whose services were conducted in German. Known
as the Dutch (German) and English Presbyterian Church and Congregation
of Alexandria, the parish register of the German Reformed Church goes
back to 1763. In 1802, the German Reformed congregation was united with
the Presbyterian by a formal act of the German Reformed Synod. The
Presbyterians and German and Dutch Reformed Protestants were so closely allied
doctrine as to commonly associate, as they did in Amwell, Clover Hill
and Fox Hill (Fairmont). The congregations jointly resolved in 1795
that the old log church was much too dilapidated for services and took
up a subscription to build a new church.
That second building, familiarly called
the New Frame to distinguish it from the Bethlehem Presbyterian
Church which was under the same minister and called the Old
not actually erected until 1802. That building was used until this
church was erected in 1843. The frame of the old building was removed
to Little York in 1844, re-enclosed
and fitted up as a house of worship, also in the Greek Revival manner.