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New Vernon Presbyterian Church
New Vernon, Harding Township, Morris County
Elijah Hopping and his crew were busy in the months between 1833
and 1834; this is one of three known churches, all in Morris county,
he was responsible for. The fine Presbyterian meetinghouse was built in 1833.
It sits at a prominent crossroads, just a little east of what is now Interstate
Although the building follows the basic plan
of the meetinghouse in Springfield erected more than 40 years earlier, it presages
the increasing attraction to the Gothic—notice
the pinnacles on the belfry, the Gothic arch windows, especially
their mullions. The interrupted pediment and the frame for the louvers in the
belfry give additional evidence of the experience and sure touch of the architect-builder.
It is not true Gothic yet, but certainly a move away from the unadorned meetinghouse
we find in Springfield.