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Presbyterian Church of Bound Brook
Bound Brook, Somerset County
This congregation was organized in 1725, although tradition suggests
that Presbyterian services were held in the immediate vicinity as early
as 1700 when the English and Scotch Presbyterians began to move into
the area. One correspondent maintains the church was organized by 1688,
but I have found nothing on record to document that early date. Typically,
services would be held in homes by a visiting minister until, often
years later, there would be enough potential members and enough financial
support to organize a congregation, build a church and hire a minister.
This somewhat unusual church, at least
the fourth by this congregation, was erected in 1896. The Gothic elements
are overpowered by the half-timbers in the gable end. Oscar Teale was
the architect; he also designed several other churches in the area
(apparently a speciality of his) including the magnificent Seventh
Day Baptist church in Plainfield.