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Beemer Meeting House
Wantage Township, Sussex County

The Congregational Church of Wantage and Franklin was organized about 1744 and a log church was erected as a union meetinghouse shortly thereafter. This was the first (and only) Congregational church in the county; it was organized by settlers who came from Connecticut. By the date of its organization, most of the Puritan (Congregational) churches in the state (in Newark, Elizabeth, Shrewsbury, and Woodbridge—all founded by settlers from Connecticut) had already affiliated with the Presbyterian church, but this congregation clung to their New England roots.
     In 1844, the congregation voted to affiliate with the Second Presbyterian Church of Wantage at Beemerville, hence the name by which it is better known, the Beemer Meeting House. This stuccco over stone building was erected in 1835, but it has been altered considerably in later years.


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