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Bethlehem Presbyterian Church
Union Township, Hunterdon County


This impressive Queen Anne-style church, the fourth on the site, was built in 1870. The congregation was organized in 1730 and its members took an active role in events leading to the revolution; six men from the congregation traveled to a Sons of Liberty meeting in in Ringoes in 1765 to protest the Stamp Act. But eighty years later, the congregation got rid of its minister because of his inveterate opposition to slavery.
     Bethlehem Township was once one of the largest in the county, and this church and a now-defunct Baptist church also in Union Township retain the Bethlehem name.




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