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First Presbyterian Church of Berkshire Valley
Wharton Township, Morris County

One source says the congregation was organized by 1803, although Munsell does not mention the church; another source says 1808. By the 1820s, when this building was erected, the Second Great Awakening was adding members to church rolls, even among Presbyterian congregations who previously disdained such emotional appeals.
     It appears to me that the original building (1825-1827) was a large meetinghouse, and the entry vestibule, the steeple, and the addition to the rear are all later accretions. There are very few churches that have not undergone significant modification and rebuilding.




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