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First Presbyterian Church
Flemington, Hunterdon County

 

There was a tavern in 1791 where the Civil War monument now stands, which is why this church, the third on the site, built in 1883, sits where it does. A number of families, desiring a place of worship both closer to home and to a place where they might "refresh" themselves between the morning and afternoon services, withdrew from a congregation a few miles to the southeast (Reaville) to found this church in 1792.
     Seating is amphitheater style, with two sets of exceptional stained glass windows. Church records establish that this was one of the few churches in the area to admit blacks to membership in the early part of the 19th century. Hunterdon had a substantial black (mostly slave) population well into the 19th century, but no black church until after the Civil War.

 

 

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