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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.




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