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Old School Baptist Church
Hopewell, Mercer County
Founded in 1712 and built in 1823. The back wall dates to the original
construction. Two entry doors mark this congregation as coming from
the English, rather than the German Baptist tradition, and the style
looks to Philadelphia for its antecedents. The absence of a tower
or belfry was not unusual for this conservative strain of Baptists,
who eschewed most forms of ornamentation.
This congregation was a mission church
of the Baptist church in Middletown, apparently the first in the state.
It served a wide area in the Hunterdon-Mercer region until well into
the 18th century, and most of the [old school] Baptist churches in Hunterdon
are direct descendants of this congregation.